Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in Puri on Odisha coast in the morning, triggering heavy rainfall coupled with high velocity winds with speed of 185 kmph in vast areas. Large areas in the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and other places are submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of Odisha. Several trees have been uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar. Nearly 11 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable and low-lying areas of at least 11 coastal districts. The World Meteorological Organization said Cyclone Fani is equivalent to a strong category 4 hurricane with speed of 200-210 km/h and strong winds gusting at 230 km/h.
– According to IMD officials, Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani hits Odisha coast in Puri with 175 kmph speed.
– Due to Cyclone Fani, it has further been decided to cancel 10 more trains – 7 trains on May 3, one on May 4, one on May 6 and another on May 7, says East Coast Railway. Railways had earlier cancelled 147 trains from May 1 – 3.
– ESCS Fani about 70 km south-southwest of Puri at 0630 IST. To cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali close to Puri during 8 to 11 am, says the Met Dept.
– The Cyclone Warning Center of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh said a ‘great danger signal no. 10’ has been kept hoisted at Kalingapatnam and Bheemunipatnam ports in view of Cyclone Fani. Great danger signal no. 8 has been hoisted at Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram ports. Also, a local cautionary signal no. 3 kept hoisted at Machilipatnam, Krishnapatnam, Nizamapatnam, Kakinada and Vadarevu ports.
– As many as 3,01,460 people have been evacuated from Ganjam in Odisha as the state braces for Cyclone Fani, the district magistrate said. At least 541 pregnant women have also been shifted to hospitals safely, he said.
– Cyclone Fani is very likely to move further north-northwestwards and emerge into Bangladesh on the evening of May 4 as a cyclonic storm.
– The landfall process of Cyclone Fani is very likely to continue till noon or afternoon of May 3. After the landfall, the system is very likely to continue to move north-northwestwards, weaken gradually and emerge into Gangetic West Bengal as a severe cyclonic storm by early morning of May 4, the IMD said.