Fani, now categorised as a severe cyclonic storm, lay centered over the Bay of Bengal and would intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday, said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials. "It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and reach Odisha coast by May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kilometers per hour gusting to 200 kmph", the IMD said.
The ENC is closely monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal and Flag Officer Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) and Naval Officers-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective state administrations. It has also sought two helicopters from the Centre to assist in the post-calamity operations.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country's top body to deal with emergency situations, on Monday took stock of the situation arising out of cyclone "Fani" and assured the state governments concerned of all assistance from the central government to face the storm.
Odisha's 879 multipurpose cyclone shelters are kept ready.
Fani will cross land between north coastal Odisha and extreme south coastal West Bengal on May 3 midnight and early hours of May 4 with a wind speed of 150 kmph, RTGC said in a release.
A warning for very strong winds, heavy rainfall and rough sea has been issued for coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, India. The CEO said that Model code of conduct has been lifted in 11 coastal and adjoining districts to expedite relief, rescue and restoration works.
The NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (eight teams), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (five teams). Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha Bishnupada Sethi claimed that there are chances of high to very high rainfall in many parts of Odisha especially in southern Odisha. The IMD has asked fishermen not to venture into the sea. The weather department has issued a yellow weather warning in coastal Odisha which cautions people of a severely bad weather over the next few days.
A similar cyclone in 1999, only much more destructive, killed over 9,800 people in Odisha. It has also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at places such as Boudh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Kalahandi.