Cyclone Fani: IMD Issues Red Alert Warning For Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert warning for Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Fani is moving closer to the coast and is expected to make a landfall between April 30-May 1.

“A well low-pressure area lies over the Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal with a cyclonic circulation aloft extending up to 3.1 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, a low-pressure area is very likely to develop over the Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining central parts of the South Bay of Bengal to the southeast of Sri Lanka by Thursday (April 25),” IMD stated in its advisory.

“It is very likely to intensify into a depression during the subsequent 36 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards toward the Tamil Nadu coast along and off the east coast of Sri Lanka and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 48 hours,” the organisation added.

The IMD also forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during this period. Thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds (50-60 kmph) will also be experienced. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

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