New Delhi: A very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour is barreling towards the Gujarat coast on Monday night, soon after dumping heavy rains on Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 1.5 lakh people in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 people on board adrift in the Arabian Sea. As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the tropical cyclone Tauktae set to cross the Gujarat coast and make landfall as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” between 8 pm -11 pm tonight. In a bid to avoid any untoward incident, the Ahmedabad airport has suspended all air services from Monday, 7:30 pm to 5 am on May 18 (Tuesday). Earlier on Monday evening, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray assessed the damage caused by cyclonic storm Tauktae in Mumbai and other districts in Konkanand said that six people died and nine others were injured in storm-related incidents. He also informed that four animals have also lost their lives. The CM further asked officials to remain alert in view of the rainfall and gusty winds in the coastal region, where six persons died. Under the influence of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, Mumbai and its adjoining districts were lashed by heavy rains and high-speed winds during the day. CM Thackeray also reviewed the damage caused by the storm to boats of fishermen from the affected areas, a statement said. The statement added that the cyclone damaged 2,542 structures partially, while 6 got destroyed completely in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Kolhapur, and Satara. Also Read - 6 Dead as Cyclone Tauktae Batters Goa, Karnataka, Kerala; Gujarat Braces For Impact | Key Points

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Live Updates

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: A heavy downpour has begun in Ahmedabad in Gujarat due to the cyclone.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Veraval area. Red alert issued in coastal villages.

  • 8:54 PM IST
  • 8:52 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani reached the State Control Room in Gandhinagar to get the latest situation of Cyclone Tauktae and review the situation of the state including the coastal districts, by video conference with the collectors.

  • 8:48 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: The extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae lies close to the Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue during next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • 8:47 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: Eight people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding malnad districts of Karnataka, officials said on Monday. According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this evening, 121 villages in seven districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Belagavi have been affected by the cyclone. Among the 121 villages affected, a maximum of 48 are from Uttara Kannada district.

  • 8:19 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: Ahmedabad airport will remain closed from 8 pm on Monday till 5 am on Tuesday.

  • 7:52 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 10 pm today: MIAL

  • 7:48 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: The expected landfall of Cyclone Tauktae is at 8pm during which winds reaching 150-160 kmph will occur. We’re evacuating people from kaccha houses. 1200 people have been shifted into shelters. We’ve made dual power backup arrangements in COVID hospital: Diu Collector, Saloni Rai

  • 6:27 PM IST

    Cyclone Tauktae LIVE Updates: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Cyclone Tauktae has now intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”, and is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm.