The tension across the eastern parts of the country were reduced when weather reports suggested cyclone Fani will not affect hit the coast of Tamil Nadu,although now the storm seems to further intensify into a severe one.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai announced on Sunday that the cyclone, which now lays over 1,000 km off the coast of Tamil Nadu, may bring light to moderate showers to parts of northern Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to reporters, S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology at the RMC said, “Cyclone Fani will not pass the coast of Tamil Nadu. There won’t be any direct impact on account of this. When this cyclone nears the coasts of northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh, it may bring light to moderate showers in some places.”
Earlier reports suggested moderate rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.The Kerala government has earlier announced an yellow alert in 8 districts.
A Sunday afternoon bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the cyclone would likely intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours. “It is very likely to move northwestwards till 1 May evening and thereafter re-curve northnortheastwards gradually,” it said.
However,the latest weather forecast suggests Fani is likely intensify into a severe cyclonic storm today.
“Cyclonic Storm ”FANI” lay centred at 0530 hrs over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, about 745 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1050 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1230 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh), a bulletin by the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) said.
The wind speed is likely to decrease gradually thereafter with gale wind speed reaching 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over west-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast on May 3.