Updated on May 5, 2019 1:45 PM: Rains in parts of West Bengal, Kolkata to remain dry
Even after weakening, cyclone Fani managed to give light to moderate rain and thundershower activities over parts of West Bengal during the last 24 hours. Berhampore recorded 11 mm of rain, followed by Darjeeling 7 mm, Kalaikunda 4.1 mm, Jalpaiguri 3.7 mm and Malda 3.4 mm, till yesterday. Weather in Kolkata remained almost dry with partly cloudy to cloudy sky conditions. The maximum temperature recorded by the city was 29.1˚C, which was 6 degrees below normal. Mainly dry weather conditions will prevail and as time progresses Gangetic West Bengal will start observing hot weather conditions. Moreover, as clouding will decrease, day temperatures over most parts of West Bengal including Kolkata will rise rapidly.
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Updated on May 5, 2019 12:30 PM: Death toll rises to 16, restoration work begins
According to media reports, the death toll due to Cyclone Fani in Odisha has gone up to 16. The toll that stood at 9 on Friday, climbed to 16 yesterday. Four deaths were reported from Mayurbhanj district alone, while 3 each were reported from Puri, Bhubaneswar and Jajpur. One each from Keonjhargarh, Nayagarh and Kendrapara.
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Updated on May 5, 2019 12:15 PM: Fani to give widespread rains over the northeastern states of India
In the wake of cyclone Fani, the northeastern states of India i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland witnessed heavy to very heavy rainfall activity accompanied with strong winds during the last 24 hours.
Such widespread weather activities occurred due to northeastward movement of cyclonic storm Fani.
This weather system would be moving further eastwards and becoming insignificant for the northeastern states of India after the next 6 to 12 hours. In fact, as the system is moving away, weather conditions will also start improving in Northeast India.
Updated on May 4, 2019 6:00 PM: Cyclone Fani weakens into Deep Depression
The Cyclone Storm Fani has weakened into Deep Depression and is likely to weaken gradually and would move further northeastwards. Due to movement of Cyclone Fani, most parts of Odisha have witnessed extreme bad weather conditions mainly over the coast and northern parts of the Odisha. Cyclone Fani has also affected most parts of West Bengal with slashing winds reaching up to 90 kmph and heavy to very heavy rains in some parts.
Updated on May 4, 2019 4:00 PM: Temperatures drop in Bihar and Jharkhand due to Cyclone Fani
Due to Cyclone Fani, most parts of South Jharkhand experienced heavy to very heavy rains with very strong winds/squalls reaching 60-70 kmph. While, some parts of East and South Bihar, rest of Jharkhand witnessed light to moderate rain and thundershowers. In the last 24 hours, from 8:30 am on Friday Farbesganj, Purnia, Bhagalpur and Chapra witnessed 33.4 mm, 15.1 mm, 31.8 mm and 13.4 mm of rains, respectively.
While in Jharkhand, Jamshedpur witnessed the day temperature settling at 27.2°C, which is a drop of almost 12 degrees. It also recorded 64.2 mm of good rain.
May 5 onward, most parts of Bihar would see normal pattern of wind flow. Hence, gradual rise in temperatures are expected. Jharkhand would see dry weather conditions with rise in temperature from today itself.
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Updated on May 4, 2019 2:00 PM: After Fani disrupts life in Odisha, dry weather ahead for the state
After being hit by the Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani and facing a huge loss to life and property, the coastal state of Odisha is now going to experience some relief in terms of weather.
Currently, the intensity of the storm has reduced significantly as it has moved away in an eastward direction. Presently, the Cyclonic Storm is lying over Northwest Bangladesh as a Deep Depression.
South Odisha will witness mainly dry weather condition. A significant rise in the day temperatures will be witnessed. However, in North Odisha the weather will remain partly cloudy, with chances of light rains over few places.
Over the next 24 hours, normal pattern of winds are likely to blow which will gradually lead to rise in temperatures and humid weather along the coastal stations.
Updated on May 4, 2019 1:00 PM: Torrential rains to hit Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri in the wake of Cyclone Fani
In the past 24 hours, heavy to extremely heavy rains have occurred over many parts of Gangetic West Bengal especially over Bankura, Purulia and Alipore. Malda too witnessed moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers. The Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani over Gangetic West Bengal moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of about 29 kmph in last six hours and gradually weakening into a Cyclonic Storm.
As per the experts, the intensity of rains would increase over the central districts and as well as over Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Places like Burdhman, Malda, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri would receive moderate to heavy rains. With time, the intensity is expected to reduce over Gangetic West Bengal but for next 24 hours, fairly widespread rain and thundershowers would continue. Thereafter, the system will move further towards Northeast India due to which the intensity of rain will reduce in the region.
Updated on May 4, 2019 11:00 AM: After wreaking havoc in India, Cyclone Fani to make an arrival in Bangladesh
After making landfall in India Friday morning, Cyclone Fani is now headed in the east-northeast direction towards Bangladesh and is likely to hit the coastal country of Bangladesh today. However, by this time, the system would have weakened further due to lack of enough moisture content.
Already, necessary control rooms have been opened in 19 coastal districts of the country.
People living in the coastal areas where Cyclone Fani is going to impact have been asked to remain watchful. A total of 56,000 volunteers have been kept on hold.
Updated on May 3, 2019 5:00 PM: Cyclone Fani wreaks havoc in Odisha and its adjoining areas
Several coastal areas of Odisha including parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh received heavy rainfall at the time of Cyclone Fani making landfall. Severe inundation was reported from several areas in the region.
Strong winds associated with Cyclone Fani lead to uprooting of trees, electricity poles, hoardings and ransacking window panes. Thatched structures were destroyed completely at some places including the capital Bhubaneswar.
Updated on May 3, 2019 3:00 PM: After Odisha, West Bengal gears up for very heavy rains and stormy weather
It has already started raining heavily in South Bengal. Places like Digha, Diamond Harbour and Kolkata are already under the influence of storm Fani. The wind speed at present is 25 kmph.
Places like Bankura, Purulia, Jhargaon, Midnapore, Hugli, Howrah, Kolkata and 24 Parganas will be the majorly affected districts in West Bengal in wake of Cyclone Fani.
Updated on May 3, 2019 2:00 PM: Cyclone Fani, the most powerful storm in India after Super Cyclone in 1999
Cyclone Fani is now the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone that had struck India in 1999. It had also made landfall at Puri that had claimed about 10,000 lives.
The cyclone is likely to affect around 10,000 villages and more than 50 towns in its path. More than 140 trains have been cancelled so far keeping in view the cyclone’s trail. All flights from Bhubaneswar had been cancelled since yesterday midnight.
Updated on May 3, 2019 9:30 AM: Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Puri, wind speed reaching 200 kmph
As expected, Cyclone Fani has made landfall at Puri, Odisha at 8:40 am on Friday. The eye of the storm has entered the land mass, triggering torrential rains and damaging winds.
At present, wind speed is around 180-190 kmph gusting up to 200-220 kmph. It would be almost two hours long process, as the system passes through land. Since the system would be now travelling inland, it also expected to weaken.
Updated on May 2, 2019 6:45 PM: Checkout the districts on alert in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal
Since cyclone Fani is travelling very close to the coast, we can now expect heavy to extremely heavy rains across Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal from May 2-4 in a similar order. Andhra Pradesh has already started reporting heavy rains in the coastal areas.
Around 8 Lakhs have been evacuated so far and several trains are either cancelled or rerouted.
Following is the list of the districts which are likely on the bigger risk across these three states as Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani prepares to cross the coast:
Updated on May 2, 2019 1:00 PM: Extremely severe cyclone Fani Set to hit Puri on May 3, Odisha evacuates people
In Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal at least 19 districts are expected to get affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during May 3 afternoon.
The cyclone will pass through Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore in Odisha before reaching West Bengal with a maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.
The government of Odisha has set up 900 cyclone shelters to house the evacuees and has requested for two helicopters to be stationed in the state for emergency food distribution.
In addition to this, troops of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard as well as 78 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been requested for deployment as well. The country's top body to handle an emergency situation, NCMC has also reviewed the preparations for Fani.
The NDRF has deployed 12 teams in Andhra Pradesh, 28 in Odisha and 6 in West Bengal. Additionally, 32 teams remain on standby, equipped with boats, tree cutters and telecom equipment.
Updated on May 2, 2019 11:10 AM: 103 trains cancelled, 2 diverted in wake of Cyclone Fani
In wake of the Cyclone Fani, a total of 103 trains have been cancelled while 2 have been diverted.
According to the sources, the whole section between Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Puri-Visakhapatnam will be cleared so that there will be no train in the section during the extreme situation, keeping in view the safety of trains and passengers amidst the arising storm.
The decision comes in the wake of the upcoming Cyclone Fani that is about to wreak havoc over the eastern coastline affecting Odisha and Andhra Pradesh most of all.
Cyclone Fani is likely to affect a total of 19 districts in the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. State and national authorities have already put Odisha on alert against inclement weather conditions, particularly in 12 districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Gopalpur, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Paradip and Balasore.
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Read in detail: 103 trains cancelled, 2 diverted in wake of Cyclone Fani
Updated on May 1, 2019 7:00 PM: Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani to bring very heavy rains in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, sea conditions to be very rough
At present, the extremely severe cyclone Fani is seen over North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Odisha Coast. Therefore, we expect heavy to very heavy rains over north coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh and South Coastal Odisha. Isolated places may even witness extremely heavy rains. Sea conditions will be rough to very rough. Strong winds of 100 to 150 kmph gusting up 180 kmph are possible.
Rains in South India will reduce. However, scattered rains are expected over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Karnataka, Interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The weather of Telangana and Rayalaseema will remain cloudy with chances of light rain in few parts.
Updated on May 1, 2019 4:00 PM: Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani to give rains in Bengaluru, Karnataka today, weather to go dry by May 2
The state of Karnataka has been observing dry weather conditions from the last many days. however, during the last 24 hours, scattered light to moderate rain and thundershower activity was witnessed in parts of Karnataka including Bengaluru. All thanks to the extremely severe cyclone Fani in West Central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal.
In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Sampangiramnagar in Bengaluru recorded 152 mm of rain.
Read in detail: 10 Latest Developments on Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani
Updated on April 30, 2019 6:45 PM: Torrential rains alert for Andhra Pradesh on May 2 as Very Severe Cyclone Fani nears the coast
Very severe cyclonic storm Fani is brewing over Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal, moving north-northwest towards the Indian coast.
Though Andhra Pradesh is not directly in the firing range of Fani, but would have to brave heavy rains and some inclement weather conditions in the coming days.
The system would travelling parallel to the Indian coast but would maintain a fair distance from the coast. The rains would commence over parts of Andhra Pradesh on May 1. Wind speed would also start increasing, in order of 60 kmph -70 kmph, gusting 80 kmph-90 kmph.
By May 2, very severe cyclone Fani would have moved north and would be near north coastal Andhra Pradesh. During this time, we expect heavy to extremely heavy rains in north coastal Andhra Pradesh, places like Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Kakinada will be a sight to the same. Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall are likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh. Damaging winds to the tune of 80 kmph-90 kmph, gusting up to 100 kmph-120 kmph would be seen all along the coast.
Updated on April 29, 2019 1:30 PM: Heavy rains and strong winds to lash Sri Lanka, advisory issued
Cyclone Fani at present is located nearly 600 km east of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In fact, the system has already started controlling the weather over Sri Lanka that has been witnessing light to moderate rain and thundershowers since yesterday. Till now, Katunayake has recorded extremely heavy rains to the tune of 111.8 mm. This was followed by Galle that has received 19 mm of rains, Monaragala 4.7mm, Ratnapura 4.5 mm, Anuradhapura 3.3 mm, Kurunegala 3 mm and Katugastota 12 mm.