Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm on May 16 and it’s approaching the Gujarat Coast, said the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD).
The cyclone, first in 2021, is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva(Bhavnagar District) around May 18 early morning, the weather department said. The IMD has also issued a yellow alert for the coasts of Gujarat and Diu and Daman.
According to the cyclone warning Division of the IMD, by May 18, the wind speed is expected to increase to 150-160 kilometers per hour, gusting up to 175 kmph.
How cyclone Tauktae got it’s name?
The cyclone has been given the name ‘Tauktae'(Pronounced Tau’te) by Myanmar. It means ‘gecko’, a highly vocal lizard, in the Burmese Language.
How are Cyclones named?
The naming of cyclones is done by World Meteorological Organization(WMO). Thirteen countries on the panel, including India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, name cyclones in the region.
In 2020, a new list of names was released that had 169 names of cyclones, having 13 suggested names each from 13 countries.
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