New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a major cyclonic storm warning which is likely to affect parts of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the Lakshadweep Islands between April 28 to May 1.
”A deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal developed into cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ on Saturday, which will further intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm”, the IMD said in its warning.
Deputy Director General S Balachandran of the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said, ”Today there was deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal. It intensified into a cyclonic storm, it is lying at 1250 km southeast of Chennai and expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and move northwest towards south Andhra Pradesh by April 30.”
“According to our assessment, as of today, it will reach near the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu but it is unlikely that will make landfall. It may recurve before reaching the coast. We are monitoring its path,” Mritunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General of the IMD, said. Mohapatra also heads the Cyclone Warning Division.
“It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 06 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards off Sri Lanka coast during next 72 hours and reach near north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast on 30th April 2019 evening,” the IMD said in its warning.
The IMD warning goes on to state that the regions affected by the deep depression are likely to experience rough to very rough seas, heavy isolated rainfall and strong cyclonic winds.
Strong winds ranging from 30-40 km/h and even up to 160 km/h will be experienced in different areas between April 28 and May 1, according to the IMD notice.