Cyclone Fani makes landfall in India
Cyclone Fani lost severity and wind speed while approaching Kolkata. Now being weakend in Bangladesh where 2,5 million people were evacuated in advance.
Thanks to the readiness and warnings the Fani deaths seem to be minimised.
The Odisha's emergency phone number is:
Kolkata emergency phone numbers:
033-214143024 / 2214-330 / 2214-1310
Cyclone Fani has been downgraded to very severe cyclonic storm and is expected to weaken when moving toward Kolkata. Till now large areas in Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coast. Many trees had been uprooted and houses destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar. You can see more videos from India's coast here.
As a side effect the coastal regions like Chennai reached 41 degree Celsius since cyclone Fani is pulling away all the winds from the land.
Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha on Friday around 8 a.m. A million people were evacuated during the week and next tens of millions are potentially threatened in coastal India and Bangladesh.
The IMD is predicting that Fani will sweep up into Bangladesh on Saturday, and gradually weaken.
Next to Bhubaneswar also Kolkata airport will be closed starting 9.30 pm today till Saturday.
The Odisha's emergency phone number is:
Strengthened Cyclone Fani, in maximum reaching sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour, is expected to hit Indian's coast on Friday. The major threats are heavy rain, powerful winds, inland flooding and storm surge in low-lying areas.
The timing and exact location of the landfall will be determined by the slight move to west or east when approaching the coast. Also Bangladesh may be affected.
According to BBC Hindi, around 800,000 people are in the process of being evacuated from India's Eastern coastline. Nearly 100,000 of them will be evacuated from Puri, a city in Orissa, as authorities believe that this is where the storm will hit hardest.
It is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999, which devastated large parts of Odisha and killed 10,000 people.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani (pronounces as "FONI") is moving Northwest at 10 km/h (6 mph). It is expected that cyclone will strenghten over the next 12 hours; however, it will gradually weaken through the end of the week.
Fani is forecast to make landfall in NE India in the state Odisha near the city of Puri on Friday night with wind speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph, or the equivalent of Category 2 hurricane.
Indian authorities asked all the tourists to leave Puri by Thursday evening and asked the hoteliers not to book room till May 5.
Since the cyclone Fani intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, the navy is getting ready for assistance.
Fani is likely to intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm and to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha coast.
Cyclone Fani has been gaining strength and may intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm. Yellow alert has been declared in five districts of Kerala on Tuesd,ay April 30.
For Monday were previously issued alerts for districts Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad.
For Tuesday alerts are issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad districts.
Heavy rainfall at isolated places and gusty winds are predicted in affected areas. Those who live near banks of rivers and streams should be ready for easy evacuation in case of flooding. Sea conditions continue to be very rough off the coast of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh.
Cyclone Fani will form in the east of the Bay of Bengal, will strike East coast and southern part of India.
Fishers are advised not to venture into the squally areas over the south Andaman Sea. The wind speed is about to reach 90-100 km/h over Southwest Bay of Bengal, along with and off Sri Lanka coast, off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast on April 29.
Also, alert for heavy rainfall has been declared for April 30 and May 1 for coastal Tamil Nadu.
Check the weather forecast regularly; the forecast might change slightly.
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