Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph that made landfall earlier on Friday on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, will cross several districts in the state before advancing to neighbouring West Bengal.
The India Meteorological Department have been issuing regular updates.
Meanwhile, airports in Odisha and West Bengal have shutdown and situation is grave for flyers as many flights has been cancelled.
Severe thunderstorm with intense rainfall and gale wind speed reaching 90 to 100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Khorda (including Bhubaneswar), Kendrapada, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Balasore and Nayagadh during the same time.
Already damages have been reported to houses. Thousands of trees and electricity poles have been uprooted under the impact of cyclonic storm that made landfall in Puri.
Here are the latest updates of Cyclone Fani:
--Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast today.
--Cyclone Fani is weakening after barrelling into Odisha, K. J. Ramesh, Director General of the IMD, said.
--As the severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in neighbouring Odisha, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and Gangetic West Bengal on Friday.
--As a precaution against cyclone 'Fani', the Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section, along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
--No flights to and from Kolkata airport between 3 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday: DGCA.
--As flights from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar airport have been cancelled due to cyclone Fani, several airlines have waived off cancellation charges. Air India said no penalties will be charged for "re-issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation and refund" if the passenger is travelling to and from Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam between May 3 and May 5.
--About 10,000 villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.
--At least one million people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours from the vulnerable districts in Odisha
--As Cyclone Fani heads towards the eastern coast, the Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 disaster relief teams at different spots and deployed four ships to handle any exigency.
-- As Cyclone Fani moves closer to the east coast, the West Bengal government on Thursday sounded alert in several coastal districts and the state capital Kolkata, asking the public to leave seaside destinations and directing fishermen to not venture into the sea.
Schools have been ordered closed and people asked to move to safer places as the extremely severe cyclonic storm makes the landfall in Puri in Odisha Friday morning
--All flights to and from Bhubaneswar have been cancelled for 24 hours starting midnight of 3 May in view of the impending severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' threat over the Bay of Bengal, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Thursday.
--Cyclone Fani is expected to make a landfall on Friday morning in Odisha between 8 am and 10 am. The MET department said the cyclone will cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kilometer per hour gusting to 200 kmph. Officials say Fani could be the worst storm since Phailin Cyclone that hit the Odisha coast in October 2013.
Meanwhile, Paradip and Gopalpur ports have suspended their operations ahead of the cyclone landfall. “Due to cyclone Fani, Gopalpur port operation will stand suspended till conditions improve. Port operations will resume after an assessment," said a spokesperson of the Gopalpur Port.
-- An estimated 10,000 villages and 52 towns in Odisha will be hit by the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is approaching India's eastern coast and is expected to make landfall south of Puri on Friday, the home ministry said.
A total of 11.5 lakh people in Odisha will have to be moved to safer areas. Of them about 3.3 lakh people have already been shifted.
-- The railways cancelled at least 10 express/mail trains for Thursday night between Bengaluru/Mysuru in Karnataka and Puri and Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Howrah in West Bengal and Guwahati in Assam, in view of the impending cyclone Fani threat over the Bay of Bengal sea, an official said.
— Sangram Mohapatra, spokesperson, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority said that the cyclone will make landfall between 12 noon and 2 pm tomorrow. It was earlier expected to be at 5:30 pm. All colleges & soft business establishments will be closed.
— Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu requested all airlines to offer all assistance for rescue & relief operations in view of the cyclonic storm Fani. All relief material should be airlifted to be delivered to officially designated agencies. Control room being set up.
— GoAir has cancelled its flights in and out from Bhubaneswar Airport for 03 May 2019. inconvenienced. GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights for travel between 2-5 May 2019. Vistara and IndiGo have also issued travel advisories.
Passengers are allowed to re-book their flights within 7 days of scheduled departure.
— NASA's satellites Aqua and Terra tracked Tropical Cyclone Fani as it continued to move northward along the eastern coast of India. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Fani to continue moving north and intensify slightly as it moves over warm waters. Fani is expected to move to the north-northeast.
— PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for Cyclone Fani. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the PM, Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary and other senior officials from IMD, NDRF, NDMA & PMO.
— The storm is likely to impact the coastal districts of Odisha, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore. In West Bengal, it will affect East and West Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram districts and Kolkata.
— Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said that all authorities concerned have been alerted to deal with cyclone Fani.
"Alerted all concerned to be ready to deal with Cyclone Fani. Airport Authority of India issued alert to all coastal airports to ensure all precautions, SOPs (standard operating procedures) put in place immediately," Prabhu tweeted.
— The Navy and the Coast Guard have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operation. Over 8 lakh people in the coastal districts are being evacuated, said officials.
— More than 800 cyclone shelters, school and college buildings and other important structures are kept ready for the evacuees.
— Railways has cancelled 81 trains so far in view of cyclone Fani. The railways said that it will grant full refund to passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains if the tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from scheduled date of journey.
— Odisha governemnt has asked the health officials to not go on leave until May 15. All the schools and colleges are closed in the state.
— National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent 50 teams across four coastal states, including Odisha. The NDRF has also put 32 teams equipped with boats, tree cutters, medical supplies, telecoms gear and other equipment on standby.
"I think we are fully prepared," Satya Narayan Pradhan, NDRF director general, told state TV.
— ONGC has evacuated close to 500 of its employees from offshore installations in the Bay of Bengal. Paradip port in Odisha and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh have been shut and ships have been ordered to move out to sea to avoid damage. The company has also moved drilling rigs to safer locations.
— The India Meteorological Department forecasts Fani to make landfall along the Odisha coastline between Gopalpur and Chandbali on May 3 at hurricane-strength. IMD has warned that the high speed winds can uproot trees, flatten crops and damage homes, power and communication infrastructure.
— The neighbouring coastal states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also been put on high alert.
With inputs from agencies