Bhubaneswar: The tropical cyclone ‘Fani’ now lay centred in the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 680 km from Puri and 430 km from Vishakhapatnam and is expected to cross Odisha coast somewhere between Satapada and Balukhanda on May 3 afternoon.
Fani has turned into very extremely cyclonic storm. At the time of landfall, the wind will blow at speed between 175 and 185 km per hour, according to the latest reports of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi informed this to the media on Wednesday forenoon.
“Cyclone Fani will hit somewhere between Satapada and Balukhanda and move through Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Baleswar towards Banglesh. By impact of Fani, there will be a wind blow between 175 km and 185 and heave rainfalls in coastal and southern districts,” said the SRC on the basis of IMD report.
Sethi also informed that all people living in low lying and vulnerable areas will be shifted to nearby cyclone shelters and school and college buildings for safety by May 2 evening.
Meanwhile the Government has declared all educational institutions from schools to universities closed from May 2. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea.
A toll free number 1070 has been issued for public to seek help from the Government during the storm.