Cyclonic Storm Fani: Odisha, AP, Tamil Nadu on high alert; over 100 million in path of dangerous cyclone

Bhubaneswar: Coastal Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh are on high alert after the Navy said that Cyclone Storm Fani, which is forming over the Bay of Bengal with wind speeds up to 200 kmph, has turned into an “extremely severe cyclonic” storm.

Cyclone Fani is likely to hit the Odisha coast by May 3.

According to HR Biswas, director of Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar, the speed of Cyclone Fani at the time of rainfall will be 175-185.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his officials and the National Crisis Management Committee to stay in touch with the states at risk from Cyclone Fani.

Fani could become a Super Cyclonic Storm

There is a chance that Fani could briefly become a Super Cyclonic Storm, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, during this time.

According to Eric Leister, AccuWeather, senior meteorologist, Cyclone Fani continues to strengthen as it tracks over the Bay of Bengal and may make a direct hit on the eastern India coastline later this week.

Residents from northern Andhra Pradesh to Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar are at risk for impacts from the approaching cyclone.

More than 100 million people are in the potential path of this life-threatening tropical cyclone.

Fani is currently an extremely severe cyclonic storm with winds equal to a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific oceans.

Additional strengthening is expected into Thursday as Fani could bring winds in excess of 213 km/h (132 mph), equal to a Category 4 hurricane.

Fani is expected to remain a powerful and dangerous cyclone as it approaches and makes landfall along the coast of eastern India between Thursday night and Friday.