Former Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, Sarat Sahu said Odisha witnessed cyclonic storms during summer in 1893, 1914, 1917, 1982 and 1989, but these brought little trouble for the state as they either fizzled out or changed course towards West Bengal. In addition, breakdown vans and relief trains have been kept ready to cater to areas likely to be affected by the cyclone in the two states, the official said.
Bhubaneshwar: India has started evacuating hundreds of thousands of villagers living along its northeastern coastline ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday.
Over the next 24 hours, it will strengthen to a severe cyclonic storm, with maximum sustained winds up to 120 km/h.
The IMD said squally winds with speeds of 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from May 2, and very likely to become gale wind, with speeds reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from the morning of May 3.
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Wind speed in normal cyclones go up to 90 km per hour, but Fani has the potential to touch a 195 kmph speed, which is worrisome.
As per the meteorology department, the cyclone was to be at a safe distance from the land near the coast but Fani is passing over many parts of Andhra Pradesh, South interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Light to moderate rainfall is expected in several areas of Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh tomorrow. Those who are out in the deep sea are advised to return to the coasts, said an official.
South coastal Odisha is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on the same day.
It has already issued orange alert for Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Rayagada and Kandhamal districts on May 2 and red warning for 25 districts including Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Puri, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Kendrapara, Balasore and Angul on May 3.
The Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh has warned that there will be heavy to very heavy rains in the districts of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam on Thursday and Friday, while Visakhapatnam will be less impacted.