Cyclone Fani is expected to end up stronger and form into an incredibly extreme cyclonic tempest and move northwestwards till May 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday, cautioning waterfront regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha to support for strong breezes, heavy rainfall and rough seas.
Cyclone Fani Hovers 880 KM From Tamil Nadu
The cyclone is as of now focused over the southeast Bay of Bengal its and connecting zones, under 1,000 km southeast of Chennai. It could create whirlwinds with speeds of up to 50-60 km for each hour in the waterfront regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
“Cyclonic Storm ‘Fani’, as on Monday morning, is located at 880 Kms South East of Chennai. It is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by April 30. The storm will continue to move North West and change its path to North East from May 1,” the IMD said in a statement.
“The cyclone is likely to attain its strongest force on May 1 and 2 when, at its centre, wind speeds could be as high as 185 km per hour. But since the nearest Indian coast, in northern Andhra Pradesh or southern Odisha, is likely to be at least 300 km away, the coastal areas are likely to experience wind speeds of about 60 km per hour,” an IMD official told.
The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and put at the transfer of the state governments concerned. Normal alerts have been issued since April 25 to fishermen not to wander into the ocean and requesting that those adrift come back to drift, it said.
As indicated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. In any case, the likelihood of landfall in Odisha is under persistent watch.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is closely monitoring the situation and has directed the cabinet secretary to convene the Meeting of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to take stock of the situation with state governments and central ministries/agencies concerned and ensure that all preparations to deal with any situation are in place,” the IMD said.
The weather department has anticipated light to moderate rainfall at many places and major rains in isolated parts in Kerala on April 29 and April 30. It also anticipated light to moderate rainfall at a few of places over north waterfront Tamil Nadu and south seaside Andhra Pradesh and south beach front Odisha throughout the following two days. The rainfall is probably going to increment over waterfront Odisha from May 3, it included.
The ocean conditions, IMD predicts, will be harsh to exceptionally unpleasant off the banks of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and south Andhra Pradesh from April 29 to May 1. The fishermen have been prompted not to go into remote ocean regions for the following couple of days.