The extremely severe cyclonic storm “FANI” lay centered over westcentral Bay of Bengal about 385 km south-southwest of Odisha.
It is very likely to intensify further and move northwestwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Paradip, to the south of Dhamra around 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph. According to the latest forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JWTC), Fani, is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that devastated large parts of Odisha.
In view three ports at Odisha- Paradip port, Gopalpur Port and Dhamra port Ltd operations and movements have been suspended from 1st May till normalcy is restored. As a proactive measure to face VSCS FANI with zero accident & zero incident, all vessels have been requested to leave the port and vessels at anchorage to pick up anchor and move to sea before onset of cyclonic weather.
IMD has issued a "Yellow Alert" warning for the state of Odisha, West Bengal and three districts of Andhra Pradesh.
As of now Kolkata port trust/ Haldia dock complex operations is normal, precautions for safety measures to maintain as per KOPT. Shall revert if any KOPT circular issued regarding VSCS FANI.
CYCLONE ADVISORY - FANI - 01ST MAY 2019
HOURLY UPDATE ON EXTREMELY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM, „FANI‟ OVER WESTCENTRAL BAY OF BENGAL
VSCS FANI BY IMD
JTWC UPDATE at 0130 IST
coastal bulletin issued at 0330