As Cyclonic FANI to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm, PM Modi asks officials to be prepared

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani and asked them to take preventive measures.

“Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states. Praying for everyone’s safety and wellbeing,” PM Modi tweeted.

The Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved northwards with a speed of about 04 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of April 29 near latitude 8.7°N and longitude 86.9°E over southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood, about 620 km east of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 870 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1040 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

“It is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 06 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move north-westwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-eastwards gradually,” The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said 

The sea condition is very high over Southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood. It is likely to become phenomenal over southwest & adjoining west central Bay of Bengal, off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts from April 30 morning and over west central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast during 1-3 May 2019.

Sea conditions very likely to be rough along & off Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts till May 1, along & off north Andhra Pradesh Coasts on 1-3 May and along & off Odisha Coast from 2nd May onwards.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those who are out in deep sea are advised to return to the coasts.