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Cyclone Fani Likely to Intensify into Severe Cyclonic Storm Today, Tamil Nadu on Red Alert

The Indian Weather Department said Cyclone Fani is very likely to reach near the coasts of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh by the evening of April 29.

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Updated:April 28, 2019, 8:01 PM IST
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Cyclone Fani Likely to Intensify into Severe Cyclonic Storm Today, Tamil Nadu on Red Alert
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New Delhi: Cyclone Fani is expected to become stronger and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and move northwestwards till May 1, the Indian Meteorological Department said in a statement on Sunday.

The storm called 'Fani' is currently centred over the southeast Bay of Bengal its and adjoining areas, less than 1,000 km southeast of Chennai.

"It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next six hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till the evening of May 1 and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually," the IMD added.

The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Kerala on April 29 and April 30. It also predicted light to moderate rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha over the next two days. The rainfall is likely to increase over coastal Odisha from May 3, it added.

The sea conditions, IMD predicts, will be rough to very rough off the coasts of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh from April 29 to May 1. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea areas for the next few days.

The weather department also said that the terrain is such that system would not be able to escape the coastal areas. Initially, Tamil Nadu needs to be on alert, as would encounter some high velocity winds, moderate rains with some intense showers.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during these days, while locals have been urged to refrain from night travels where landslides are a possibility.

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