The wait for season’s first cyclonic storm is finally over, with Fani making an appearance over Southeast Bay of Bengal and Equatorial Indian Ocean on Saturday afternoon. Not only this, weather conditions are ripe enough for the tropical storm to strengthen into severe cyclonic storm by Sunday.
Weather models are also indicating that since it is a slow moving system, it also has the potential to become a very severe cyclonic storm also. However, we need to wait and watch for the same.
The system is presently centred at Latitude 5.4°N and Longitude 88.5°E, about 870 km eastsoutheast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1200 km southeast of Chennai and 1440 km southsoutheast of Machilipatnam.
The system would be now tracking northwestwards off the Sri Lanka coast and thereafter it is likely to re-curve and move along the East Coast, right from Tamil Nadu to West Bengal and finally heading towards West Bengal.
At present, it still brewing far away in the sea. Hence, for the next 24-36 hours, intense rains would be confined to sea only. Thereafter, intense rains, high-velocity winds and rough sea conditions would be seen all along the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
According to weathermen, we can expect moderate rain and thundershowers with few intense showers from April 29 evening. According to weathermen, Cyclone Fani is likely to peak when it would be near Chennai i.e. around 300 km from the state capital. It is likely to give more rains along the Tamil Nadu coast during that time.
Sea conditions very likely to be rough to very rough along and off Puducherry, coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh till May 1. Locals and fishermen are advised not to venture out in the sea during that time.
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