Cyclone `Fani' to intensify in 6 hrs, change course in 24 hrs

Cyclone `Fani’ is now moving from south-east of the Chennai coast and is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next six hours and move initially in a north-westerly direction and then veer off the Chennai and Andhra coasts to a north-easterly direction over the next 24 hours, the weather bureau has said.

It is very likely to move northwestwards till 1 May evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards gradually, the Indian Meteorological Department said in its latest forecast.    .
The IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall at many places with the likelihood of heavy falls at isolated places over Kerala and light to moderate rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh on 29 and 30 April 2019.
Light to moderate rainfall is seen very likely at a few p[laces over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on 2 May. It is likely to increase in intensity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh from 3 May, IMD said. 
Light to moderate rainfall at many places, with heavy falls at isolated places, is also very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal from 3 May.
IMD has forecast gale winds with speeds reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Southwest Bay of Bengal from 30 morning and 160-170 kmph gusting to 185 kmph over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from 1 May evening.
Strong winds with speeds reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph are very likely along and off Tamilnadu and Puducherry coast, Comorin area and Gulf of Mannar today and becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph rising to 60 kmph from 30 morning. It is very likely to become squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 30 evening along north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph has been forecast along and off the Kerala coast today, becoming squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph on 30 April.
Squally wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, is very likely to commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from 2 May and likely to become 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 3 May onwards over the same area.
The sea condition is very high over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. It is likely to become phenomenal over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from 30 morning and over west-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast during 1-3 May 2019.
Sea condition is will remain rough to very rough along and off Puducherry, Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts till 1 May 2019, along and off north Andhra Pradesh coasts on 1-3 May and along and off Odisha coast from 2 May onwards, the IMD said.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea areas of southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean, southwest Bay of Bengal and off Sri Lanka coast today and southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal along and off Sri Lanka, Puducherry, Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts till 1 May, west-central Bay of Bengal along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast during 1-3 May 2019 and northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha coast from 2 May onwards.
Fishermen already are out in the deep sea in these areas have been advised to return.