Bhubaneswar: As per the latest forecast by JTWC at 8 pm today, the cyclone Fani would cross near Tandahar, 10 km north of Chandrabhaga, in Puri district on Friday afternoon.The wind speed before land fall would be about 185 kmph and pass through Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore before going to West Bengal.
On the other hand, the IMD Bulletin released at 8.30 pm said that Fani moved northwestwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in last six hours and lay centred about 570 km south-southwest of Puri .
“It is very likely to move northwestwards during next 12 hours and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast at Puri on 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph,” said the IMD bulletin.
After landfall it is likely to move to Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and then enter to West Bengal.
Earlier in the evening Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, quoting the IMD, informed that the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani is expected to make landfall in Puri at around 5.30 pm on May 3.