The depression over the Indian Ocean and the southeast Bay of Bengal that was moving further towards the north of Tamil Nady and south of Andhra Pradesh is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ today.
An Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) release read, “The cyclonic Storm ‘Fani’ is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till 1st May and thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually.”
It further mentioned, “Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ lay centered at 0530 hrs over southeast Bay of Bengal & 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).”
The IMD has warned fishermen against venturing into the sea today. Light to moderate rain is expected to lash parts of north Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph and very rough to high seas are very likely over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining east Equatorial Indian Ocean along and off Sri Lanka coast today, the weather office said.