Cyclone Fani which has formed off the Bay of Bengal and has turned into a very severe cyclone, is likely to come close to north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast, but is unlikely to make a landfall .
Weather men have said that as Fani moves close to the coast, it may bring light to moderate rain in Kerala, but no rain to Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) lay centred on Sunday morning 1050 km southeast of Chennai and 1230 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.
It is very likely to move northwestwards till Tuesday and thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually. The IMD forecast light to moderate rains at isolated places over Kerala on Monday and Tuesday. Light to moderate rainfall is also likely at few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday and Tuesday.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea. Those who are in the deep sea areas are advised to return to the coast by Sunday. A gale is predicted over Southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Indian Ocean with the wind speed ranging between 65 and 85 kmph.
The met department in Chennai, however, said there is limited chance for rainfall as Fani may not make landfall close to Tamil Nadu coast. S. Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, and said Fani was likely to come close north Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh coast by Sunday evening.
He said:“ It is now not favourable to make landfall close to Tamil Nadu coast. If it comes closer up to 200-300 km off Tamil Nadu coast, we can have moderate rains.” Amateur weather watchers predicted that Fani may not only not bring any rain, it may actually shoot up the temperature in Tamil Nadu by sucking up the moist air. As a result, temperature may shoot past 40 Deg C.