Cyclone Fani, which is likely to intensify into an ‘extremely high severe cyclonic storm’ may hit Odisha coast on May 3. According to the department, this cyclonic storm is expected to move north-west towards May 1 and it can again head towards north-east of Odisha coast.
National Disaster Management Authority has tweeted that "CycloneFani to turn into an Extremely severe cyclonic storm. It lies abt 700 kms east southeast of Chennai and 760 kms southeast of Machilipatnam. Likely to move northwestwards till 1 May and then recurve northeastwards towards Odisha Coast. - IMD"
Many states of south India have been put on high alert. By Thursday, the cyclonic storm is expected to be extremely intense. Due to the Fani, there is a possibility of heavy rains and storm in Kerala and Odisha. Besides, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have also been prone to light rain and thunderstorms.
Considering the speed of the cyclonic storm continuously increasing, the Indian Army and Navy have been put on alert to deal with it. The relief teams of all the three armies have been formed which are on standby to provide quick relief to the situation of the emergency.
Officials said that keeping in mind the weather conditions, the government has kept the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) force and Indian Coast Guard on high alert.
The Meteorological Department said in its bulletin that the cyclone warning department said that the storm is currently 620 km in the east-east of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 770 km-southeast of Chennai and 900 km south-southeast from Machilipatnam.