PANJIM: Goa received thunderstorms as Cyclone Tauktae over east central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved north-northwestwards on Saturday. Squally winds and rough seas were also experienced while the cyclone was moving 330 km from the Goa coast by evening.
The rains were accompanied by lightning and thunder, and by evening dark clouds were also largely present over the coastal talukas followed by rain in certain parts.
The Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) bulletin stated that on Saturday evening/night, there were less than 30 per cent probability of lightning occurrence.
The State had also recorded heavy rainfall with gusty winds on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, IMD had warned that the cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next six hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours.
“It is very likely to move north northwestwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around May 18 afternoon /evening. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over south Konkan and Goa on May 15 and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over Konkan and Goa and adjoining Ghat areas on May 16 is very likely,” it stated.