Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 and thereafter it will move north-northeastwards gradually. It will off the Odisha coast, but there is no confirmation about its landfall, officials in Odisha said.
Cyclone Fani is likely to intensify into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ in the next 12 hours and further soar into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ in the next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department said
Odisha SRC said cyclone in May is an unusual phenomenon. It will remain off the Odisha coast. Under its influence, coastal parts of Odisha will experience rainfall from May 2 with wind speed up to 50-60 km per hour. The cyclone may not make landfall by May 4, he added. Further information is awaited from IMD, he said.
“We are passing on the info of IMD & US Navy to all Collectors. The cyclone is unlikely to touch Odisha coast by May 4,” he added.
All the Collectors have been alerted to keep ready the cyclone shelters.
20 ODRAF units are functional and 10 NDRF units and 230 fire units have been kept standby to face any eventuality, Chief Secretary AP Padhi said after reviewing the situation in presence of DGP, SRC,NDRF officials and other secretaries.
IMD overruled the prediction of the cyclone hitting the coast of Tamil Nandu or Andhra Pradesh.