Cyclonic Storm â€˜Faniâ€™ is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours, according toÂ the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It will gradually turn into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours and very likely to move north westwards till May 1 and thereafter recurve north eastwards. According to the IMD, â€œâ€˜Faniâ€™ lay centred at 0530 hrs over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, about 745 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1050 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1230 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh).â€
It is likely to reach north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast by April 30 evening. In a press release on Saturday, the Indian Meteorological department said, "Cyclone Fani is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours."
According to the warnings, Cylone Fani is now travelling at a speed of 80-90 kmph and is likely to reach a speed of 110 kmph on Sunday.
CS â€˜FANIâ€™ over SE BoB lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 27th April, 2019 about 1110 km SE of Chennai . It is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till 30th & thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually. pic.twitter.com/QUxZDdiUipâ€” India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) April 27, 2019
Speaking to the reporters on Saturday at the Regional Meteorological Centre, IMD, Chennai, Deputy Director General S Balachandran said that light to moderate rains are possible in the coming days in north Tamil Nadu due to the cyclonic storm. â€œIt has travelled at a speed of 18 kilometres per hour in the last six hours. This will intensify into a cyclonic storm by this evening and into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow (Sunday). It will further move in the northwest direction and move near the coast of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh on April 30,â€ he said.