Mumbai Indians Urged Mumbaikars To Stay Inside During Cyclone Tauktae
By Aditya Pratap - May 17, 2021 11:02 pm
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Mumbai and the nearby coastal cities are facing the wrath of Cyclone Tauktae, which is arriving from the Arabian Sea. On Monday, Mumbai and other nearby cities took a serious pelting by the storm as heavy rain fell and the wind flew at a high speed. Mumbai Indians urged the residents of Mumbai to stay inside during this storm.

Cyclone Tauktae hitting Mumbai’s Gateway of India

The Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians posted a video on their Twitter page, where they urged local residents to “stay indoors, stay safe”. In that video, the Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel was seen facing the full wrath of the wind while the sea was crashing hard onto the shores.

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Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle was also shocked by this severe wind flow and said he has never seen such a storm. He took it to Twitter to mention this. He wrote, “Have seen a lot of rain in Mumbai over the years but hardly ever winds like these that are accompanying the rain. Scary. #MumbaiRains.”

Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri was also taken by surprise by this cyclone. Shastri compared this cyclone with last year’s Nisagra.

Shastri wrote on his Twitter, “Cyclone is a Cyclone. Absolutely devastating. What one saw today made Nisagra of last year look like Mickey Mouse. This was a serious nasty piece of work and still in progress. Fingers cross. It doesn’t cause even more serious damage in landfall. God bless #CycloneTaukte.”

With the city experiencing extreme rainfall and winds up to 100 km per hour, temporary shelters have been set up across the city. The international airport has been shut till 4 pm and the movement on the famous Bandra-Worli Sea Link has also been suspended.

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Cyclone Tauktae intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ early this morning and is currently 160 km south-southwest of Mumbai. The storm is “very likely” to reach the Gujarat coast this evening with gusts of up to 200 km per hour.