An unusually powerful tropical cyclone named Tauktae struck the Indian state of Gujarat on May 17, 2021. Hundreds of thousands of people were without power after Cyclone Tauktae, one of a growing number of increasingly severe storms in the Arabian Sea blamed on climate change, hammered the Gujarat coast on Monday evening. The cyclone packed gusts of up to 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines and mobile phone towers as it hits inland while weakening slightly.
At least 21 people have been killed and nearly 100 others missing after a monster cyclone slammed into western India, compounding the unhappiness for millions of others who are enduring a distressing coronavirus surge.
Although the cyclone was one of the angriest to hit the area, better forecasting than in recent years allowed for strong preparations and more than 200,000 people in danger zones were evacuated from their homes.
Mumbai authorities on Monday closed the airport for several hours and advised people to stay indoors as huge waves battered the city’s seafront.