Tauktae with maximum sustained winds that were equivalent to the strength of a Category 4 hurricane, killed four in the state of Karnataka, and two in the state of Goa. It is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat state. The airport in Mumbai closed for operations until at least 6 pm today.

Train service has been disrupted because of flooding and trees falling onto the tracks. Two large boats with nearly 400 people aboard were safely evacuated to the shore after they lost power in the storm. Indian authorities raced to evacuate hundreds of thousands from the coast as powerful Cyclone Tauktae roared toward landfall.

The cyclone has damaged hundreds of houses, uprooted utility poles and trees and forced thousands to flee as India has been in the midst of a deadly COVID-19 surge. Some vaccination centers were suspended because of the cyclone.

The chief minister of Gujarat , Vijay Rupani, asked officials to ensure that oxygen supplies for hospitals are not disrupted. Udaya Regmi, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, “The potential impacts of Cyclone Tauktae are frightening as this monster storm threatens the state of Gujarat. Every effort must continue to keep people safe from this dangerous storm and the raging pandemic.”

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