Chennai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday forecast the development of a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal. The depression intensified into a storm known as Cyclone Fani and is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, added the Met officials. Dy Director General S Balachandran of IMD Chennai reportedly said, “Today there was deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal. It intensified into cyclonic storm, it is lying at 1250 km south east of Chennai, expected to intensify into severe cyclonic storm and move northwest towards south AP by 30 April.”

On Friday, the chief secretary of the Meteorological department Girija Vaidyanathan had directed the disaster response teams to pre-position in districts where the Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall. As a precautionary measure, the power supply was ordered to be shut down temporarily and relief centres were directed to be ready to undertake evacuation measures in the wake of a natural calamity.

The weather department official in Chennai said, “Due to this cyclonic activity, moderate to heavy rain likely to occur over coastal Tamil Nadu & Puducherry 29th April onwards.” On the other hand, Skymet Weather agency stated that the depression which is expected over the Bay of Bengal may not move towards the Tamil Nadu coast and may not affect areas like Chennai.

In the event of the cyclone hitting the coastal areas, buses were directed to locate people to safer areas. Further, the official directed the respective people to stock up essential commodities. The health department was advised to organise health teams in order to prevent any outbreak of communicable disease and to aid the needy.

In the same meeting, Kanyakumari collector Prashant M Wadnere stated that the public can keep themselves informed by downloading TN-SMART app from Google Playstore to get to know the weather updates.