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Cyclone 'Fani' Headed Towards Odisha: India Meteorological Department

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Cyclone "Fani" is likely to intensify into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" by late night and can hit the Odisha coast by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said Tuesday.

Fani is meandering north-northwest at 13 miles per hour, continuing to gain strength over the bath-warm seas in the Bay of Bengal.

Fani, pronounced as "Phoni", is a "severe cyclonic storm" that may develop into an "extremely severe cyclone" by Wednesday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) predictions.

The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kilometres per hour with wind gusting up to 100 kmph.

"The gale wind speed is very likely to increase gradually, becoming 120-130kmph gusting to 150kmph over southwest and the adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal from today and 160-170kmph gusting to 190kmph over the west-central and the adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from the evening of May 1", Biswas said.

The Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) has issued a warning stating that thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds at the speed of 30 to 40 kmph speed and lightning is likely to occur at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram as well as Tripura, and heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland for the period between April 29 and May 3.

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He said the fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea in the northwest and the adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal along and off the Odisha and West Bengal coasts from May 2 due to the inclement weather.

The NCMC is the country's top body to deal with emergency situations. The home ministry has assured the state governments to release in advance the first instalment of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), as per their request, a Home Ministry statement said.

Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are on stand-by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid, reported agencies.

A Category 5-equivalent cyclone devastated Odisha in 1999, unleashing a 20-foot-plus storm surge and 160 miles per hour winds.

"Monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely and is in constant touch with state administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed", said Eastern Naval Command, reported news agency ANI. The fishermen of these states have been advised not to sail into the sea.

The IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned.

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