Cyclone Tauktae now centered over Lakshadweep is further Intensifying
Cyclone Tauktae formed over the Arabian Sea is at present on the western coast of India moving further north.
Cyclone Tauktae is very likely to further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm that may become equivalent to a major hurricane (Category 3-5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) according to a CNN report.
Wind speeds may reach up to 150-160 kph with extremely heavy rainfall (more than 200mm) with rough seas over the region.
Over the last 3 days in the Maldives, there were isolated heavy showers, thunderstorms with high winds, and rough seas all across the country with ‘Orange warning’ in effect numerous times.
"Associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-tropospheric levels, It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over the same region during next 12 hours and intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours," - IMD
Hoarafushi Airport suffered damages to its departure terminal and the airport was flooded while few domestic flights were diverted or returned back to Velana International Airport.
This is the first-named tropical cyclone of the year in this region and this weather is expected to last in the Maldives for the next few days.