Cyclone Tauktae, which made landfall in Gujarat between Diu and Una around 9 pm on Monday, has crossed Saurashtra and slightly weakened into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on Tuesday.
According to the India Meteorological Department, it lies about 230 km south of Ahmedabad and is expected to weaken into a ‘deep depression’ by the end of day. Heavy rains continue to batter the coastal regions of Gujarat. The IMD has also forecast moderate to intense spells of rain in Mumbai city and suburbs over the next few hours.
The cyclonic storm hit Gujarat causing strong winds with speeds up to 133 kmph and waves as high as three metres. It wreaked severe destruction in coastal districts of Gujarat.
Army personnel last night cleared the road between Gujarat’s Somnath district and Diu, which was blocked due to fallen trees; soon after vehicular movement also resumed #CycloneTauktae pic.twitter.com/9KAbyzBhh9
Many videos shared on social media showed trees being uprooted in many parts of the state after strong winds and rain hit the region.
The Indian Army tweeted that the road between Somnath and Diu, which was blocked at several places, has been cleared for movement of vehicular traffic.
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