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Cyclone Fani may intensify into severe cyclonic storm by this evening

Cyclone Fani is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday evening and into a “very severe” cyclonic storm in 24 hours, said officials of the Indian Meteorological Department. Fani, which is centred over southeast of Bay of Bengal,  less than 1,000 km southeast of Chennai, is likely to make a landfall in Odisha but not in Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh.
 
Isolated places in Odisha and adjoining districts on the north coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh may receive very heavy rainfall on May 3. “The cyclone is likely to move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually,” the MeT department officials predicted.
 
The Home ministry said that the National Disaster Response Force and the Coast Guard staff have been put on high alert and that fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea, according to PTI. In the next two days, many places in Kerala, the northern coast of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh’s southern coast may receive light to moderate rainfall.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly monitoring the situation and directed Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha to convene a meeting with the National Crisis Management Committee and ensure that the state governments, central ministries and agencies are ready to tackle the situation.
 
Modi tweeted, “Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani and asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with governments of affected states. Praying for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”
 
Kerala’s emergency operations centre issued an alert of heavy rain in the state’s hilly areas and the weather department issued “yellow” alert regarding isolated rainfall in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad districts for Tuesday.
 

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