Bhubaneswar: The regional centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday evening confirmed that there has been a re-curvature in the path of Cyclone Fani, which will now make a landfall on the coast between Puri in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the evening of May 3.
Reports suggest that the landfall may probably be on the Odisha coast near Chhatrapur in Ganjam district. Currently, the cyclone is centred 1311 km away from Puri in the Bay of Bengal.
Cyclone Fani was earlier 910 km south-east of Chennai and 1,090 km from Machilipattinam in coastal Andhra Pradesh. It has been gaining strength in the south-east Bay of Bengal and is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday morning.
The cyclone may trigger heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal and southern Odisha by May 3. The state government has asked district officers and departments to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions. They have been instructed to check all cyclone and flood shelters and communication systems.
Fishermen have also been cautioned against venturing into the sea during the rough weather.