Odisha on Yellow alert after Cyclone Fani intensifies
May 2, 2019
Cyclone Fani that was formed in the Bay of Bengal has intensified and headed to coast of Odisha. The weather department has issued a yellow alert in the state, and requested tourists to return back at the earliest. Those who have booked tickets to Puri and other places have been asked to cancel it because Fani is going to intensify by May 3 and 4.
As per latest forecast by JTWC at 8pm, cyclone #Fani track moved further landward side in Odisha. It'll cross near Udayagiri of Krushnaprasad block in Puri dist on May 3 afternoon at a wind speed of abt 185 kmph & pass through Khurda, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur & Mayurbhanj dist-Hemanta Pradhan, Twitter User
Meanwhile, The Election Commission has lifted the model code of conduct in the coastal districts of Odisha. They are also preparing for rescue and relief works in case Cyclone Fani hits the state badly. Navy confirmed that Cyclone Fani has intensified more than expected and hence even Navy is on high alert now. Parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh received moderate rainfall on Wednesday. Coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have also been put on high alert.
"Cyclone #FANI is very likely to hit Odisha coast just south of Puri on 3rd May afternoon. It is then projected to move over all coastal dists. Wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph & up to 6 mtr high sea tide is expected. Let's face it with strong preparation, tweeted Bimal Prasad Pandia.
According to reports, Cyclone Fani is expected to cross Odisha by Friday.