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Cyclone Fani likely to cause heavy rains in Kerala, TN, AP over next two days

Cyclone Fani over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood is expected to intensify into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 36 hours and cause heavy rainfall over Kerala, north coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh on April 29 and 30, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD at 0830 hours today said Fani (pronounced as Foni) had moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today near latitude 7.3°N and longitude 87.9°E over southeast Bay of Bengal & 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). 
 
"It 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. It is very likely to move northwestwards till 01st May and thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually," the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said that light to moderate rainfall was very likely over many places in Kerala on April 29 and 30, with heavy falls at isolated places.
 
It said there would be light to moderate rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh on April 29 and 30.
 
According to the bulletin, gale winds, with speed reaching 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph, were prevailing over Southeast Bay of Bengal and  neighbourhood. 
 
"It is very likely to become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 28th evening over the same area; 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Southwest Bay of Bengal from 30th morning and 155-165 kmph gusting to 175 kmph over southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts from 01st May evening. It is likely to decrease gradually thereafter with gale wind speed reaching 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast on 3rd May 2019," the bulletin said.
 
"Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph likely to commence along & off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, Comorin area and Gulf of Mannar from 28th morning, becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph from 29th morning.
 
"It is very likely to become squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 30th morning along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts.
 
"Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph likely to commence along & off Kerala coast from 28th evening and becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph on 29th & 30th," it said.
 
The bulletin noted that the sea condition was very high over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. It is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over Southwest Bay of Bengal from tomorrow morning and phenomenal over southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from the night of April 30.
 
Sea conditions were very likely to be rough to very rough along and off Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from tomorrow to May 1 and westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast on May 2.
 
IMD advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea areas of Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean, over Southwest Bay of Bengal and off Sri Lanka coast today; Southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, along and off Sri Lanka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from April 29 to May 1 and westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast on May 2.
 
"Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised to return to the coast by 28th April, 2019," the bulletin added.
 
NNN
 

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