Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ likely to intensify in the next 12 hours: IMD reports
According to the latest reports from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ which is around the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday before heading towards north coastal Andhra and Odisha coast. The IMD on Sunday issued a warning of heavy rains on April 30 as the cyclone was changing its direction re-curving to north-northeastward. Currently, ‘Fani’, which lay centred at 1,170 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, will very likely intensify into a severe storm in the next six hours and very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.
Officials indicated that it may hit the coast near north coastal Andhra on May 2 or 3. “It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually,” said the IMD bulletin. Naga Ratna, one of the IMD scientist stated that the intensity would affect Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East and West Godavari districts in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh which will have heavy rains in isolated areas and Coastal AP.
Gale wind speed is likely to increase to 145 KMPH over Southwest Bay of Bengal from April 30 morning and 185 KMPH over the north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from May 1 evening, the IMD said. The sea conditions will be very rough along and off the north Andhra Pradesh coast from May 1-3 and along off Odisha coast from May 2 onwards. The IMD has also advised fishermen along the coasts of Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry not to venture into the sea.