Cyclonic Storm ‘Fani’, as of Monday morning, is located at 880 kilometers South East of Chennai. It is expected to intensify into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm by 30 April. The storm will continue to move north-west and change its path to north-east from 1 May.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch, PTI reported.
Prime Minister 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.
NDRF and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and placed at the disposal of State Government Authorities.
Regular warnings have been issued since 25 April to fishermen not to venture into the sea and asking those at sea to return to coast.
IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the concerned States. Ministry of Home Affairs is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned.
Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2019
Praying for everyone's safety and wellbeing.
" “It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.”" - Indian Meteorological Department
With cyclone Fani likely to move northwestwards and then re-curve north-northeastwards, Odisha Government on Sunday asked district collectors and departments concerned to remain alert and take necessary measures in advance.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi, in a letter, to district collectors said although the IMD has not yet issued any warning for Odisha, international agencies like JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Centre) and others suggest that it may have some impact on Odisha.
Heavy falls at isolated places are very likely over Kerala on 29 and 30 April.
The system will not make landfall in Tamil Nadu, but may bring light rain in some northern parts, it said..
Earlier, it was expected to cause heavy rains in northern Tamil Nadu, including Chennai
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai said cyclone threat to Tamil Nadu has abated. "There is no chance of Fani crossing the Tamil Nadu coast," Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre S Balachandran told reporters in Chennai.
The IMD had, on Friday, 26 April, issued a warning to Kerala regarding Cyclone Fani, which has been brewing in the Bay of Bengal and is moving rapidly towards the southern peninsula, India Today reported.
According to the IMD’s Friday 26 April update, the cyclone was headed straight for Sri Lanka, then north-west towards Tamil Nadu, after which it is expected to change track slightly and head up the coastline of Andhra Pradesh by 30 April.
A Sravani, Meteorology Department, Hyderabad, said, “Fani cyclonic storm is going to be intensify from severe to very severe cyclonic storm in next 24 hours. Now it's moving towards north westward and from 1 May onward it will move north eastward.”
"The depression over east Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal moved further northwestwards, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered about 870 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1210 km southeast of Chennai and 1500 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh," it said, adding,
Heavy rainfall expected across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, which might be a boon, especially for Tamil Nadu which is suffering from water shortages.
The Cyclone Okchi had hit parts of the southern peninsula in November last year resulting in the death of 89 Kerala fishermen and the disappearance of 141 others.
The IMD has not yet christened the developing cyclone, the name ‘Fani’ has been used by Sri Lanka.
(With inputs from India Today and PTI)
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