Red alert! Cyclone Tauktae likely to hit Kerala, extremely heavy rainfall

Red alert! Cyclone Tauktae likely to hit Kerala, extremely heavy rainfall

A red alert has been issued for Kerala on Friday and for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Saturday. Fishing activities have been aborted off the coast of Kerala after the Indian Meteorological Department warned of the cyclonic storm- Tauktae. The cyclone is likely to hit the coast by May 16. 

An orange alert has also been issued in four other districts of Kerala. 

 The low pressure in the Arabian Sea region might give it a form of a cyclone as predicted by the IMD.

 Ten updates on cyclone Tauktae (according to an NDTV update)

  1. The Kerala Chief Minister's Office, in a tweet, said, ''Extremely heavy rainfall'' has been predicted on May 14, 15, and 16.
  2. A 'Red' alert has been issued for Friday in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts, and Lakshadweep.
  3. An 'Orange' alert, indicating intermittent heavy rainfall, has been issued in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha, and Idukki.
  4. Cyclone Tauktae is likely to impact areas including the coasts of Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Goa, and Maharashtra.
  5. According to the IMD, strong winds, 40-50 km per hour, are likely to hit the coastal regions. 
  6. Wind speed may intensify to 70 km per hour on May 15 and reach 80 km per hour by May 16
  7. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has kept rescue teams on standby ahead of Cyclone Tauktae
  8. NDRF teams are on standby in the coastal regions of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra
  9. NDRF: 53 teams are on standby - 24 teams for pre-deployment, and 29 teams are ready for the five states
  10. The IMD has issued a warning for fishermen till May 17

Source: NDTV




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