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The IMD announced that a deep depression intensified into cyclonic storm Tauktae and was centred over Lakshadweep island and adjoining southeast & east-central Arabian Sea till Saturday morning.

Cyclone Building up Over Arabian Sea, 5 States Prepare for May 16 Hit

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings to five coastal states, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, against a low-pressure intensifying into a cyclone by May 16.

Consequently,the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 53 teams to tackle possible after-effects of cyclone “Tauktae”

NDRF Director General S N Pradhan said in a tweet that these teams are being deployed in the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Out of the 53 teams, he said, 24 have been pre-deployed or stationed on the ground while the rest are on stand-by.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will held a meeting with top government officials and representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to review preparations against the approaching Cyclone Tauktae

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) earlier on Saturday said that the cyclonic storm Tauktae has formed over the east-central and adjoining south-east Arabian sea and issued an yellow cyclone alert for the Gujarat and Diu coasts. “Deep Depression intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & eastcentral Arabian Sea: Cyclone watch for south Gujarat & Diu coasts,” the IMD has tweeted.

IMD also forecasted that the cyclone would reach near Gujarat coast on the morning of May 18. “Deep Depression over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & eastcentral Arabian Sea about 55 km north-northwest of Amini  intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hrs. To move north-northwestwards and reach near Gujarat coast by 18th May morning,” the weather body said in a subsequent tweet

After the cyclonic warning the National Disaster Response Force has deployed several teams on ground. At least 24 teams are pre-deployed and 29 teams are on standby for Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, NDRF DG, SN Pradhan told ANI.




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