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Cyclone Fani: Power supply to be cut off if wind speed touches 50 kmph

3/05/2019 at 8:43 AM

Bhubaneswar: Energy Department has decided to stop the power supply if the wind speed caused due to the impact of cyclonic storm Fani touches 50 kmph.

“As a preventive measure, power supply will be temporarily cut off if wind speed touches 50 kmph. The power supply will be restored after detailed inspection and proper repair, if any,” informed Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma.

The Indian Meteorological Department said Cyclone Fani is heading towards Puri with wind speeds ranging between 180-190km per hour gusting to 210 kmph and is expected to make landfall between 8 am and 10 am on Friday near Balukhanda area in Puri district.

Fani lay centred about 320 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 170 km east-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 610 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) till 2.30 pm on Thursday and was moving towards the coast.

It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during tomorrow the 3rd May forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. Landfall process is very likely to continue till noon/afternoon of tomorrow the May 3, said the IMD bulletin.

After the landfall the system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and enter into West Bengal as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with the wind speed of 90- 100 Kmph gusting to 115 Kmph, it added.

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