Cyclone Fani May Skip Odisha, Rain & Thunderstorm Likely At Isolated Places: IMD

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre here on Saturday predicted that Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is brewing in the Bay of Bengal, may not impact Odisha. However, rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm and gusty winds may occur at isolated places in the state under impact of the cyclone.

Rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in districts like Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam, informed Duty Officer of the Meteorological Centre, Gauranga Charan Behera.

Thunderstorm with lightning and gusty surface wind with speed reaching 30-40 Kmph may also occur at one or two places in Malkangiri, Koraput, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Balasore districts, he added.

A red alert has been issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Tamil Nadu for April 30 and May 1 as cyclone Fani is likely to hit the northern coast of the state over the next two days.

In view of the cyclone, the regional MeT department has issued Distant Cautionary Signal Number One (DC-1) warning at all ports in the state.

Fishermen have also been advised not to venture into deep sea areas of East Equatorial Indian Ocean & adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal.

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