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Red Alert for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry as Cyclone Fani Likely to Make Landfall on April 30; Heavy Rain in South India

A ‘red alert’ has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Tamil Nadu for April 30 and May 1. According to the press release, issued by IMD, Cyclone Fani is likely to hit the state over two days and also a very heavy rainfall is expected in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Tooba Maher

A ‘red alert’ has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Tamil Nadu for April 30 and May 1. According to the press release, issued by IMD, Cyclone Fani is likely to hit the state over two days and also a very heavy rainfall is expected in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. 

It is to be noted, that a 'yellow alert' has been issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Malappuram on April 29.  

The alert also stated, ‘rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places with extremely heavy at isolated places” is expected for the two days in the state.  

Adding to it, the IMD has also predicted heavy rainfall in other southern states, like Kerala, with the likelihood of the depression forming in the Bay of Bengal. Strong winds are expected in the state from Friday.  

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during these days and locals have been urged to avoid night travels where landslides are a possibility. 

‘Tamil Nadu Weatherman’ Pradeep John’s, regular posts on his Facebook page, said “Slowly consensus is coming in from all numerical weather models. The ridge building up will block the cyclone going away. As the forecasted cyclone is likely to stall because of the ridge, it is going to dump lots and lots of rains where ever it is going to cross and surrounding areas.” 

He further mentioned, “Droughts to floods can happen in some areas, if this going to cross Tamil Nadu. One more day needed to accurately say this is going to be for Tami Nadu. It is as of 60% favorable to Tamil Nadu. 

However, the good news is if this cyclone crosses near Chennai, it will solve all their water problems and also the lakes will be filled up to the brim. But it will be powerful and we need to sacrifice some of the trees for the water sake, reads his post. 

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