Bhubaneswar, May 2 (LocalWire): Fani, the extremely severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit Odisha coast between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon tomorrow, SRC spokesperson Sangram Mohapatra quoting India Meteorological Department reports, said today.
IMD in a report stated that the cyclone is likely to cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.
Fani moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of about 16 kmph and lay centered over west-central Bay of Bengal about 360 km south-southwest of Puri at 11.30 am.
Squalls reaching a speed of 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to prevail along Odisha coast and may turn into a gale with wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 2 May night.
The cyclone is very likely to rage at 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph along and off south Odisha and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph along and off remaining districts of coastal Odisha by 3 May noon for the next 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
However, the storm surge of about 1.5 meter height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.