Tropical Cyclone Tauktae: What To Know Before It Hits

Tropical Cyclone Tauktae: What To Know Before It Hits: An unusually powerful tropical cyclone and the longest to hit the west coast, Taukata emerged as a major challenge for 5 Indian states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.

Tropical Cyclone Tauktae

What is a Tropical Cyclone?

Tropical Cyclone is a generic term for a tropical cyclone which can be classified into the following five broad types as mentioned below: A Normal Tropical Cyclones form in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), where a rising or falling upper level trough occurs in the eastern side of a tropical cyclone track, having moisture and very warm sea surface temperature, that is then steered along the track. An Ex-tropical Cyclone is a tropical cyclone which is the extreme transition of the main tropical cyclone from the warm core (ITCZ) into the very cold core (Arctic) Hurricanes form over the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Tropical depressions form over warm water between the African and Atlantic Oceans.

 What to Know Before It Hits

Tropical Cyclone Tauktae was forecast to hit landfall along India's West Coast as a powerful cyclone. The storm has the potential to make landfall as a very severe cyclonic storm or even a very severe cyclonic storm. What Storm Odds Do Experts stated that it is very likely for the storm to bring heavy rainfall and floods to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Goa. According to the forecast, tropical cyclone Tauktae was likely to intensify further before landfall, and then become an extremely severe cyclonic storm. "Maximum wind speeds are expected to be 225 kmph. It is very likely to make landfall over Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts between Mangaluru and Pondicherry during Friday night. The rainfall forecast are also very severe.


What To Expect

With minimal cyclone alert in effect, weather experts are expecting extreme weather conditions to occur in these states. Since this time of the year monsoons are weak, the system is predicted to be severe and concentrated over the region. It is expected that it will cross the southern coastal region during August 31st to September 1st. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujaratand the southern parts of Karnataka is bracing for severe cyclonic weather. Temperatures are expected to rise from 27 degree to 43 degrees celsius. Impact A normal monsoon season had diminished last year’s Cyclone Vardah that hit Chennai in early December with wind speed of up to 145 km per hour, the state received rainfall and temperatures fell drastically in April.


How You Can Help

Those wanting to help can send donations to the ISRO’s Met Department, disaster relief or a state, where they can find the nearest distributing agency. Similar to other devastating storms that have hit in recent years, Facebook users were quick to support victims of Cyclone. Here’s How You Can Help The Victims of Cyclone in India Besides food, water and other essentials for relief operations, ISRO has suggested a few other ways of contributing to the cause. –Send Money To IndiaRed Cross Society: Post a photo on Facebook with the hashtags #HurricaneTauktaam and #HurricaneTN and your donation amount will be recorded –Paytm Donate: Add “Tauktaam” to your Paytm wallet and donate via Paytm. Note that funds will be released to the relief agencies only after the Prime Minister of India.


The cyclone currently located off the west coast of India, west of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, is set to intensify further in the next 24 hours. Although it is predicted that the cyclone will gradually weaken after the landfall, torrential rain accompanied by strong winds is likely to continue until September 3.

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