Fani Cyclone: Warning issued, officials on high alert

Cyclone ‘Fani’ is very likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours and further soar into a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 24 hours.

It was moving over the southeast Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood with a speed of about 10 kmph and lay centred about 990 km southeast of Chennai and 1,170 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam Sunday evening.

According to an IMD bulletin said the cyclone was likely to move north westwards till May 1 and thereafter re-curve north-northeastwards gradually.

The possibility of the cyclonic storm wreaking havoc in Andhra Pradesh is giving people tense moments as it is predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by April 29.

From tomorrow, thunderstorm with gusty winds (40-50 Kmph) and lightning is likely to occur at isolated places over Tamil Nadu.
Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over ghat areas of Nilgiris, Theni, Dindigul areas of Tamil Nadu.

The forecast for Chennai city is the sky condition is likely to be partly cloudy. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 36 and 28 deg Celsius respectively.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai said cyclone threat to Tamil Nadu has abated. “There is no chance of Fani crossing the Tamil Nadu coast,” Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre S Balachandran told reporters in Chennai.