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Cyclone FANI: Odisha Among 3 Coastal States Put On Alert


01 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: With the extremely severe cyclonic storm 'FANI' (pronounced as FONI) presently lying about 710 kilometre south-southwest of Puri in Odisha and and 480 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued alert for Odisha, West Bengal and three districts of Andhra Pradesh.

As per the IMD the extremely severe cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify further and move northwestwards till today noon and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri around May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.

Under its influence light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over south coastal Odisha on May 2. It is likely to increase with rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Odisha & its adjoining districts of interior Odisha on May 3 and over north Odisha on May 4.

Similarly, light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal on May 3 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4.

In Andhra Pradesh light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north coastal districts (Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram) on May 2 and rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on May 3.

Gale wind speed reaching 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph is prevailing over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 180-190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph over Westcentral & adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coast from May 1 evening onwards.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along & off north Andhra Pradesh & Odisha Coasts from May 2 and very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from May 3 morning and become 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph over Odisha Coast and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph over adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram Districts) by May 3 evening.

The sea condition is phenomenal over Southwest Bay and adjoining Southeast & westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts. It is very likely to be phenomenal over westcentral Bay of Bengal during 01-03 May 2019 and over Northwest Bay of Bengal during 02-04 May.

Sea conditions very likely to be very rough to high along & off north Andhra Pradesh Coasts during 01-03 May and high to phenomenal along & off Odisha and West Bengal Coasts during 02-04 May.

Storm surge of about 1.5 meter height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri & Jagatsinghpur Districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those who are out in deep sea are advised to return to the coasts.