New Delhi: Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into very severe cyclonic storm (wind speed of 118 to 166 km / hr), according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
As per the IMD, the storm would reach close to Gujarat coast by Monday evening. It will cross as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm between Porbandar and Mahuva in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat sometime during the morning hours of May 18.
Presently, Tauktae lay over the east-central Arabian Sea about 130kms west-southwest of Panjim, Goa, 450kms south of Mumbai and 700 kms south-southeast of Veraval, Gujarat and 840kms southeast of Karachi, Pakistan. During the past six hours, this system travelled at a speed of 11kms/hr.
Following this, the Met department has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday over Konkan, Goa. Light to moderate intensity rainfall is expected to continue over coastal Karnataka and Kerala till Monday.