Sub: Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI” over Westcentral & adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal: Cyclone Warning for Odisha, West Bengal and Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram & Visakhapatnam Districts of Andhra Pradesh Coasts: Red Message
India Meteorological Department BULLETIN NO. : 50 (BOB/02/2019)
TIME OF ISSUE: 2200 HOURS IST
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm „FANI‟ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 2030 hrs IST of 02 nd May, 2019 over Westcentral & adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 17.8°N and longitude 84.9°E, about 240 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 170 km eastsoutheast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 540 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri during tomorrow the 3 rd May forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. Landfall process is very likely to continue till noon/afternoon of tomorrow the 3rd May.
After the landfall the system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and emerge into Gangetic West Bengal as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 90-100 Kmph gusting to 115 Kmph by early morning of 4th . It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and emerge into Bangladesh on 4th May evening as a Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 60-70 Kmph gusting to 80 Kmph.
The cyclone is being tracked by Doppler Weather Radars Vishakhapatnam & Gopalpur.