The cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over southeast Bay of Bengal lay about 1,110 km southeast of Chennai and 1,300 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday morning.
According to the IMD, it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening and into a very severe cyclonic storm by Monday morning. It is likely to move northwestwards till April 30 and thereafter re-curve northeastwards gradually.
Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds, with wind speeds reaching 40 to 50 km/hr and lightning is likely to occur at isolated places in all districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday and Tuesday. Light to moderate rain or thunder showers is likely at other places over coastal AP during the same period, according to the IMD.
Light to moderate rain or thunder showers is very likely to occur at isolated places over Rayalaseema on Monday. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (wind speed 40 to 50 km/h) and lightning is very likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa of Rayalaseema on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Cyclone Warning Centre, Visakhapatnam, has advised fishermen against venturing into the sea along and off coastal AP from April 28. Fishermen already out at sea have been asked to return to immediately.