Cyclone Fani, a severe cyclonic storm, made landfall impact on Friday, May 3, 2019 around 8.00 a.m. south of Puri on the Odisha coast. The entire process is expected to happen over the next two hours. The Odisha government on Thursday evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts.
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Inputs from reporters in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha , IMD
Fani crossed Odisha coast between 8.00-10.00 a.m.: IMD
The eye of the cyclone completely moved into land by 10.00 a.m and the cyclone crossed the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to IMD.
No threat to Vizianagaram, says Collector
Vizianagaram Collector M.Hari Jawaharlal on Friday said that there would not be much threat to Vizianagaram district. He said the Indian Meteorological Department had revised its prediction and lowered the intensity of gale speed and rainfall. Speaking to The Hindu on Friday morning, he said the control rooms in all 34 mandals would continue till the complete normalcy was restored.
“We asked all the officials to send the reports about the damage in their respective areas. Then, we will take necessary steps,” he added. According to him, cyclone relief centers in Bhogapuram, Pusapati Rega and other mandals would continue for the next couple of days since the sea was rough at the coastal belt. He said that traffic will be allowed to move on the national highway within the jurisdiction of Vizianagaram.
Meanwhile, Srikakulam district Collector J. Nivas has said that Fani has crossed over to Odisha without causing much damage or loss of life in AP. He however warns of floods in Bahuda and Vamsadhara Rivers which will go into spate with rain water from Odisha.
Trees uprooted in Bhubaneswar
The Odisha capital Bhubaneswar also experienced the impact of the cyclone, with several trees uprooted in the city. Heavy to very heavy rainfall continues in Ganjam, Puri, Khurda and Jagastinghpur districts. Trees have been uprooted at several places in the region.
Cooked food is being being served to people who have taken shelter in cyclone shelters. About 5000 kitchens have started operating. A record 10.85 lakh people have been evacuated with priority to the physically challenged, women and children, according to State government officials.
Cyclone near Puri with wind speed nearly 175 kmph
Cyclone Fani is crossing the Odisha coast near Puri with wind speeds touching 175 kmph. The process of landfall to continue till noon, according to Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi. According to IMD, landfall impact began at 8.00 a.m and part of the eye lay over land at 8.30 a.m. As of 7.30 a.m., Puri reported maximum wind speeds of 142 kmph. The entire process of the eye entering land will be completed in the next two hours.
Meanwhile, in order to assist stranded passengers in Visakhapatnam and nearby areas, a special train will be run from Visakhapatnam to Mumbai CSTM with the timings and stoppages of the Konark Express (11020). The railway officials are requesting people to make use of the special train.
Cyclone 40 km from Puri at 7.30 a.m. : IMD
According to IMD Hyderabad, Fani is moving north-northeastwards with a speed of about 22 kmph over the Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal and is 40 km from Puri (Odisha), at 7.30 a.m. It is likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri during forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.
After the landfall, the system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and emerge into Gangetic West Bengal as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speeds of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph by early morning of May 4. It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and emerge into Bangladesh on May 4 evening as a Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 60-70 Kmph gusting to 80 Kmph.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has tweeted that as of 6.30 a.m. IST, the cyclone is about 70 km south-southwest of Puri. To cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali close to Puri during 0800-1100 IST.
No major damage at Vizag, Srikakulam
Barring stray incidents of wall collapse and uprooting of trees, electric poles, no major damage was reported at Srikakulam. According to Collector J. Nivas, the district bordering Odisha recorded 2399 mm rainfall from Thursday 8.30 a.m. to Friday 4 a.m. In Visakhapatnam, there was no effect of rain or high-speed winds since the early hours of Friday.
May 3, 7.00 a.m.
‘Fani’ likely to cross south of Puri at 8.30 am
Fani is likely to cross south of Puri at 8.30 am and the landfall process will continue till noon. The current wind speed of the cyclone is 185-195 kmph gusting up to 205 kmph. The cyclone lay-centred at about 70 km south-southwest of Puri, 65 km southeast of Gopalpur. Hundreds of trees were uprooted in Balgoan, adjacent to Chilika Lake.
Rainfall in Vizianagaram district
Vizianagaram district witnessed significant rainfall from early hours of Friday. There may not be a threat to the district as IMD anticipated that gales would move below 100 kmph. Previously, it said the gales with a speed of 250 kmph would move. People suffered power outage for the whole night.
Cyclone Fani: Odisha evacuates over 11 lakh
With the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani expected to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri town, on Friday morning, the State government on Thursday evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts.
Flight operations from the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar was suspended from Thursday night for the next 24 hours. Educational institutions in the coastal districts were closed till further orders.
As many as 25 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) along with State fire service personnel have been deployed in the coastal districts. Defence forces were on high alert to meet any eventuality.
Around 10,000 villages spread over 14 districts such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj are likely to be affected.
The West Bengal government on Thursday advanced the summer holidays for State-run schools.
Fani’s impact is likely to be felt in Purba and Paschim Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata.
The Kolkata Port Trust said shipping to the port will remain suspended.