Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani, now lay centred in the Bay of Bengal from 690 km from Chennai and 769 km from Machchlipanaam, has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm and is moving at a speed of 16 km per hour.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, the cyclone Fani is unlikely to hit Puri coast as predicted earlier. The cyclone, which is moving north and northwestwardly directions, may make landfall somewhere between Balasore and Digha on May 4.
By the impact of the storm, heavy rainfall is expected to occur in Odisha and West Bengal from May 2. After landfall, the wind is expected to blow between 150 and 180 km per hour.
Meanwhile, the State Government has stated that people should not panic as district administrations have remained alert with all measures to contain the storm.