Bhubaneswar, April 29 (LocalWire): Cyclone Fani is expected to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm by 30 April. It is presumed to move north-west and change its path towards northeastern direction from 1 May, the IMD forecast on Monday.
Landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out but a possibility of Odisha being hit is there and the Met department is keeping a continuous watch.
The cyclone is now about 880 km southeast of Chennai.
It is supposed to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm in subsequent 24 hours.
It is also supposed to move northwestwards till 1 May evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually.
With cyclonic storm Fani likely to trigger rainfall in Odisha from Thursday, the state government on Monday asked all its district Collectors to stay alert.
Met officials said squall with speed reaching upto 40 km to 60 km per hour is likely along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from 2 May.
Similarly, wind speed reaching 50 km to 70 km per hour is expected in the same region.
Fishermen in the deep sea have been advised to return by 30 April night and not venture into northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha coast on 1 May.
A meeting chaired by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi mobilised rescue personnel and relief material following the deep depression that is moving towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast.
The weather office, however, added that the storm will not reach Odisha after coming close to the Tamil Nadu and Andhra coast on 30 April.
At least 20 Odisha disaster rapid action force units have been stationed and 12 SAR teams deputed across the state during cyclonic storms, including power backup and standby mobile towers with cyclone warning messages broadcast in radio and television.
SMS alert in cell phone, requisition of defence force/ helicopter for assistance in case of necessity, also arrangement for supply of foodstuff including ready-to-eat and other essential items for relief operation/airdropping of food packets were made.
300 powerboats in the districts have also been kept ready and mock drill to facilitate relief is being carried out by the district administration.
Private weather forecaster Skymet said Fani is continuously gaining latitude and weather conditions are favourable for its further intensification.
Sea surface temperature is very warm and has reached 31 degrees Celsius and vertical wind is also low.
However, IMD has predicted the wind speed on 3 May to be around 160 -170 kmph and might go up to 180 km per hour by 4 May.