01 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: As the extremely severe cyclonic storm 'FANI' is likely to make landfall near Puri on afternoon of May 3, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has advised the people of Odisha not to panic and stay alert.
Patnaik has instructed the district Collectors to evacuate people on war footing in the districts likely to be affected. Besides, adequate steps have been taken to counter the cyclone and save lives and properties.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi also informed that as per the latest forecast by Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) at 8 PM today, the cyclone Fani would cross near Puri (Balukhanda) on May 3 afternoon.
The wind speed before land fall would be about 175 kmph and pass through Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack (Niali), Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj in Odisha before going to West Bengal.
As per the IMD Bulletin at 8.30 AM today, the cyclone Fani moved northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph in last six hours and lay centred about 680 km south-southwest of Puri and 430 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam.
It is very likely to move northwestwards during next 12 hours and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast near Satapada, Puri district on May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.
After landfall, it is likely to move to Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and then enter to West Bengal.