Cyclone ‘Fani’ increased into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Monday evening and is going towards the Odisha coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
IMD Says Cyclone Fani Inches Towards Odisha
It could take a state of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, inciting the government to put the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard on high caution, authorities said.
In its 9 pm release, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the cyclone at present lays around 620 km east-upper east of the Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 770 km east-southeast of Chennai and 900 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.
“The Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (pronounced as Foni) over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kilometres per hour in last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm.
“It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha coast,” the bulletin said.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the nation’s top body to manage crisis circumstance, Monday considered the circumstance emerging out of cyclone ‘Fani’ and guaranteed the state governments worried of all help from the central government to confront the storm.
The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and the anglers have been asked not to wander into the ocean as violent wind ‘Fani’ is relied upon to increase into a ‘very severe storm’ by Tuesday, the Home Ministry said.
The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kilometers for every hour with wind blasting up to 100 kmph. If there should arise an occurrence of an ‘extremely severe storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could pick up the speed of 195 kmph.