Chennai: Cyclone Fani is currently 870 km south-east of Chennai. The storm is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Monday afternoon, stated a report. “The cyclone threat for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has subsided with the cyclone Fani keeping away from anywhere near the shores,” said Indian Meteorological Department bulletin.
Here are some facts on Cyclone Fani:
1) The cyclonic disturbance is moving northwestward at a speed of 21 kilometres per hour.
2) Cyclone Fani is likely to make way 300kms away from the Chennai coast, before heading north.
3) The cyclone is expected to recurve and move in the north-northeast direction post-Wednesday.
4) Due to the storm, moderate rainfall is expected in northern coastal areas of Tamil Nadu on April 30 and May 1.
5) Winds with a velocity of 40-70 kmph will blow across North TN coastal areas on Tuesday morning and will gradually increase.
6) By April 30 and May 1, the seas are expected to be very rough.
7) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, sounded an alarm and prayed for everyone’s safety. He said in a tweet, “Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states. Praying for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”
8) Fishermen were advised not to venture into the seas until May 2. Those who voyage in high seas were advised to return.
However, it would not directly impact Tamil Nadu. The cyclone is expected to get 350 km close to north Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh coast from May 1. It is projected to move in North and Northeast direction from there. So far there is no indication of its landfall as it is located deep in the Bay of Bengal.