The Indian Metrological Department (IMB) has said that the Cyclone Fani will most likely intensify into a cyclonic storm in the coming few hours.
It may further intensify and develop into a very severe cyclonic storm over the course of the next 24 hours affecting several regions of interior Karnataka including Bengaluru.
Karnataka’s isolated places may receive thunderstorms or rain in the coming few days.
Cyclone Fani To Intensify Further
Currently, the cyclone is placed over 1050 km southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 745k east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka, 1,230 km to the southeast of Machillipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and 1050 km to the southeast of Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
According to IMD, “It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.”
Intensified Cyclone Fani may lead to heavy rainfall at various isolated places on April 29 and 30 over the state of Kerala. However, it may not affect Tamil Nadu but there may be some light rain in the northern parts.
The IMB bulletin said strong winds with a reaching speed of 30-40 km/ph to 50 km/ph will start from the coast of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Gulf of Manar, and Comorin area and later on intensify further.
Orissa Governments Ask Concerned Departments To Remain Alert
The IMB bulletin has said that cyclone Fani will move northwestwards, and then move northeastwards. That is why as a precautionary measure, the Orissa government has asked all its concerned departments including the district collectors to remain alert and if the need arises to take adequate measures in advance.
In a letter to district collectors, the Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said even though there has not been any warning for Orissa from IMB, or other international agencies like JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Center), the state may still face some impact of Cyclone Fani.
Predictions For Cyclone Fani
Earlier the weather department came out with yellow alert of isolated rainfall in Malappuram, Thrissur, Idukki, Ernakulam, and Wayanad. According to predictions by INCOIS, high waves of the sea in the 1.5 to the 2.2-meter range will impact the coast of Lakshadweep and Kerala till 11.30 pm on April 30.
Cyclone Fani will move northwestwards till May 1 and after that, it will gradually shift north-northeastwards.