Cyclone Fani is expected to become intense and develop into a severe cyclonic storm and move northwestwards till May 1 – the India Meteorological Department (IMD)
IMD has warned coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to brace for very strong winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas.
The storm is currently centred over the southeast Bay of Bengal its and adjoining areas, less than 1,000 km southeast of Chennai.
It could produce gusts of winds with speeds of up to 50-60 km per hour in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the IMD said.
The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Kerala on April 29 and April 30.
It also predicted light to moderate rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha over the next two days.
The rainfall is likely to increase over coastal Odisha from May 3, it added.
The sea conditions, IMD predicts, will be rough to very rough off the coasts of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh from April 29 to May 1.
The fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea areas for the next few days.
The weather department also said that the terrain is such that system would not be able to escape the coastal areas.
Initially, Tamil Nadu needs to be on the alert, as would encounter some high velocity winds, moderate rains with some intense showers.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during these days, while locals have been urged to refrain from night travels where landslides are a possibility.