Severe cyclone Fani is approaching Odisha’s coast the coming weekend. Tourists who are planning to visit Odisha are advised to change their plans. Puri district especially is on Red alert.
The Odisha government has announced the closure of schools and colleges from 2nd May. The storm might hit Puri district on Friday.
Other government officials have also been issued with leaves in Puri, Kendrapara and Ganjam district. Tourists have also been asked to leave Puri on May 2nd.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted it to hit Odisha by the afternoon of Friday (May 03). There has been a drop in the speed of the cyclone. Further dropdown in its speed has been expected. On 30th April the pace was 22 Km/hr and on 1st May it had dropped down to 6 Km/hr.
Chief Secretary of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that,
“Cyclone Fani is about 840 km off the Chennai coast, and will change its course from May 1. Thereafter, it may possibly move towards Odisha coast and cause heavy to very heavy rain in the state.”
Indian National Centre Of Ocean Information Services warns that on Friday morning Fani will skirt Gopalpur and will also miss Chilika at 11:20 AM and will move to make a landfall at around 5:30 PM on Friday, May 03. The wind speed during the landfall has been detected to be at 160 to 210 Km/hr by Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC).
JTWC also predicted that ‘Fani’ will skirt east coast of India (Odisha) and will make landfall near Sagar Islands (West Bengal).
Honestly, the picture of Fani provided by the Indian National Centre Of Ocean Information and Services and Indian Meteorological Department isn’t good at all. Puri district will be witnessing second highest wave height surge and swell height on the day of the landfall.
So if you a planning a trip to Odisha on any of these days, you are requested to kindly postpone the plans for now.