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Tauktae getting weaker, says Met office

New Delhi, May 18 (UNI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the cyclonic storm Tauktae is getting weaker and lay centred over Saurashtra, about 160 km southwest of Ahmedabad, 75 km south of Surendranagar and 45 km Northeast of Amreli in Gujarat.

According to IMD’s latest update, it would move north-north-eastwards and weaken gradually into a deep depression in the next six hours, bringing light to moderate rainfall in many places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Gujarat region, including Saurashtra, on Tuesday.

Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 Kmph is likely to prevail over Gulf of Khambat and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea during next six hours. It is likely to reduce gradually thereafter whereas squally wind speed reaching 40-50 gusting to 60 kmph along and off extreme north Maharashtra coast during next six hours.

Gale wind reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100Kmph is likely to prevail over Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over Surendranagar, Rajkot, Anand, South Ahmedabad, 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over Diu, Gir, Somnath, Junagarh, Kheda, Bharuch, Jamnagar, Porbandar and Morbi during next six hours and gradually decrease thereafter.

Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65kmph is likely to prevail along and off Dadra, NagarHaveli, Daman, Valsad, Navsari, Surat districts and 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph over Devbhoomi Dwarka & Kutch during next six hours and gradually to decrease thereafter.

Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 Kmph is likely to prevail over South Rajasthan from the evening of May 18-19 early morning.

The national weather department also forecast that the tidal wave above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas during next three hours wherein about 1-2 meter high over Anand, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu and Bhavnagar, Bharuch, southern parts of Ahmedabad.

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