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Cyclone Tauktae brings strong winds, rain in Goa; power supply hit

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Panaji: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday night said the cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified into a “severe cyclonic storm” and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The cyclone is also expected to hit many areas in States like Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra while passing due to heavy rainfall.

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The IMD had said the storm is likely to pass the Mumbai coast late on Saturday or early Sunday from a distance, so minimal damage is expected. It will, however, cause gusty winds and heavy rain in a few places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar.

Gusty winds and heavy rains lashed several parts of Goa on Sunday morning due to cyclonic storm Tauktae, uprooting electric poles and affecting power supply in many parts of the coastal state, officials said. No casualty was reported so far, they said.

Power supply in majority areas of Goa was disrupted as several electric poles got uprooted due to the high speed winds, state Power Minister Nilesh Cabral told media.

The very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to intensify during the next 24 hours and reach the Gujarat coast on May 17 evening, the IMD said.

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It would cross the State’s coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district by early Tuesday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin on May 16.

Tidal waves are likely to inundate several coastal districts during the landfall, it said.

Coastal belt in Dakshina Kannada district for a length of about 12 kilomeres, from Kulai to Sashithlu, to the North of Mangaluru, was ravaged by raging waves of the Arabian Sea under the influence of Cyclone Tauktae since Saturday.

Major portions of fisheries roads along this stretch have been damaged along with adjacent buildings and houses. The NITK beach road between Surathkal Light House and NITK Beach, was completely cut off following the onslaught of the waves.

With the sea continuing to be rough on Sunday too, the district administration has taken steps to move families living along the fisheries road in Sasihitlu, Hosabettu, Meenakaliya, Panambur, Ullal and Ullal Someshwar to relief centres.

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