Cyclone Fani spares AP, strikes Odisha & Bengal

A de-warning has been issued in Andhra Pradesh after cyclone Fani moved away from the state and made landfall in the Odisha coast near Puri. Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in Odisha’s Puri district around 9 am today with wind speeds of 175-185 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.
“Cyclone Fani has moved away from Andhra Pradesh, so, we have issued a de-warning. Three districts in the state were impacted by heavy rainfall,” news agency ANI quoted Mrityunjay Mohapatra, IMD, Delhi as saying.
Before hitting the neighbouring Odisha, the cyclone moved close to north coastal Andhra, lashing the coastal area of Srikakulam district. Heavy downpours accompanied by strong winds caused damage to houses and uprooted electric poles and trees in the district. However, there was no report of any loss of life.
Besides Srikakulam, heavy rainfall also hit Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, two other districts in the north coastal Andhra.
In the wake of the cyclone, the Indian Railways have cancelled about 100 trains between Visakhapatnam and Howrah on Friday and Saturday while 22 flights have been cancelled from Visakhapatnam Airport, IANS reported.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm has now move north-northeastwards and will weaken gradually and emerge into the Gangetic region of West Bengal as a 'severe cyclonic storm' by early morning on May 4. It is very likely to move further north-northwestwards and emerge into Bangladesh tomorrow evening as a cyclonic storm.

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