IMD predicts rain, NERC issues advisory for Odisha as cyclone ‘Fani’ intensifies

Bhubaneswar: In view of the approaching of severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ towards Odisha coast the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted light to very heavy rainfall on May 2, 3 and 4 in the State.

A weather bulletin issued by the MeT department at 8.30 am today forcasted that the system is very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 36 hours resulting in light to moderate rainfall at a few places in south coastal Odisha on May 2. On May 3 and 4 heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at a few places over coastal Odisha.

Under the impact of ‘Fani’ squally wind with a speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to be felt along and off Odisha coast from May 2. Later, gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph will occur in Odisha from May 3 morning, the bulletin said.

Earlier, the National Emergency Response Centre had also issued an advisory for cyclone FANI in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar, Puducherry, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

“It is very likely to further intensify into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 36 hours and move northwestwards till May 1 evening. Thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha coast,” the advisory mentioned.

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