Bhubaneshwar : Cyclone ‘Fani’ which is likely to intensify into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” may hit Odisha coast on May 3, as per statement released by Indian Meteorogical Department (IMD).
The state governments are all set with required machineries to tackle the cyclone as heavy rain and strong wind will start in several parts of the state from May 2.
“Cyclone Fani is moving towards Odisha coast and will also make landfall in the coast. The exact point of landfall will be ascertained by Tuesday morning,” said additional director general of IMD, Mrityunjay Mohapatra.
“Thunder squall with speed reaching 50-60 Km per hour and lightening activities are likely to occur over coastal districts of Odisha on May 2 and 3. The maximum speed of wind may reach 160-170 Km per hour gusting to 185 at the coast,” IMD said.
Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi convened a high level meeting on Monday and asked to start all preparedness for the upcoming calamity. “We are keeping a close watch on the movement of the cyclonic storm. All possible precautionary measures are being taken to ensure zero casualties,” said Padhi.