03 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: The extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a severe cyclonic storm. It is very likely to emerge into Gangetic West Bengal as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 90-100 Kmph gusting to 115 Kmph by early morning of May 4.
Under its influence north Odisha will experience moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places. Similarly, south coastal Odisha & adjoining districts of south interior Odisha will experience isolated heavy rainfall today.
Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of north Odisha likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places on May 4, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
It further predicted that gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph will prevail over few districts of north coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of Keonjhargarh, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj during next 12 hours.
The sea condition is likely to become high to very high subsequently for the next 18 hours and rough to very rough during subsequent 06 hours. Storm surge of about 0.5 to 1 meter height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts of Odisha and east Medinipur district of West Bengal during next 12 hours.
IMD has suggested for total suspension of fishing operations over northwest Bay of Bengal along & off north Odisha and West Bengal Coasts till May 4. It has also asked people in coastal areas to move to safer places and people in affected areas to stay indoors.