Last Updated: May 18, 2021, 0848 hrs

The cyclonic storm Tauktae formed over the Arabian Sea, which intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm by Monday morning, caused gusty winds and heavy rains in Mumbai. The wind speed of 114 kmph was recorded around 2 pm at the weather station based at Afghan Church in south Mumbai’s Colaba area, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release.

The extremely severe cyclone Tauktae impacted several flights flying in and out of Mumbai. They were cancelled, diverted, and returned with the airport closing down flights between 11 am and 10 pm on Monday. As many as 34 arrivals and 22 departures were cancelled while seven-Mumbai bound flights were diverted to other cities during the day.

Three city-bound flights operated by budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet were diverted due to the closure of all services at the city airport in the morning. A city-bound IndiGo flight was diverted to Hyderabad and a SpiceJet flight to Surat, while one IndiGo flight was sent back to Lucknow, as per the airport.

With the announcement of the cyclone alert, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) closed all flight operations from 11:00 to 22:00 hours on 17th May 2021.

In the wake of the alert, a few airlines decided to cancel services to Mumbai. CSMIA registered the cancellations of 34 arrivals and 22 departures,” Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which operates the airport said in a statement.

Mumbai airport, which is the second busiest airport in the country, is reportedly operating around 250 flights in a day due to low passenger demand amid the deadly and more virulent second wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, gusty winds and heavy showers lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Monday.

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