Cyclone Fani intensifies into Extremely severe cyclonic storm

CYCLONE ‘Fani’ has intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday. The IMD has issued a formal cyclone alert for Odisha, West Bengal and parts of Andhra Pradesh, and suggested evacuation of coastal areas.

The Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said Cyclone ‘Fani’(pronounced Foni) lays south-west and adjoining west central land southeast Bay of Bengal about 760 km south-south west of Puri (Odisha) and 560 km south-east of Visakhapatnam(Andhra Pradesh) and about 660 km north-north east of Trincomalee (SriLanka). “It has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm,” Additional Director General of the IMD Mritunjay Mohapatra told PTI. ‘Fani’ is very likely to move north westwards till May 1 evening and there after recurve north-north eastwards and cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri around May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kilometres per hour gusting to 205 kmph,the IMD said.

The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph.In case of an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’,the wind speed goes up to170-180 kmph and could gain the speed of 195-200 kmph. An IMD bulletin in the evening said storm surge of about 1.5 metre above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odishaat the time of possible landfall.The Indian Air Force has also been alerted and their services will be utilised if necessary, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) BP Sethi said, adding the state government has taken up the matter with the NDRF. To read full article: click here

The Hitavada, 01, May, 2019