Cyclone Fani Becomes ‘Very Severe’, To Recurve Towards Odisha Coast, NERC Issues Advisory

Bhubaneswar: The National Emergency Response Centre issued advisory on cyclone FANI in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar, Puducherry, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

By 8:30 AM, FANI intensified into ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ and lay centered over Bay of Bengal, about 830 km nearly south of Puri (Odisha), 680 kms northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 670 kms south-southeast of of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), the advisory stated.

“It is very likely to further intensify into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha coast and reach the coast by 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 gusting to 200 kmph,” the advisory bulletin added.

Light to moderate rainfall at few places is very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on May 2nd. It is likely to increase with rain fall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh on 3rd and 4th May.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from May 2nd. This will likely become gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from May 3rd morning and would gradually increase thereafter.

On May 3rd, the wind is likely to become 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over west central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast. It is likely to become 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along & off Odisha Coast. 

Sea conditions are also likely to be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts during May 2-4. Fishermen have also been advised not to venture into deep sea off Odisha coast from May 2 onwards.

“In view of above, State Governments are advised to keep a close watch and monitor the situation and take appropriate precautionary measures,” the advisory by NERC stated.