Alert: Heavy rains, strong winds to hit NE
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, May 1: Many parts of north-eastern states may witness heavy to very heavy rains on May 5 as the remnants of Cyclone Fani is expected to reach the region by this time.
During this time, lightning strikes, flash floods and strong winds cannot be ruled out, a report from Skymet Weather updated on Wednesday.
Cyclone Fani (Bangla for “hood of a snake”) will make a landfall in Odisha on Friday evening. It is reported to be the strongest cyclone to be formed in the month of April in India in 43 years.
The cyclone is very likely to move nearly northwards during the next six hours and northeast wards thereafter and will cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.
Currently, a cyclonic circulation is persisting over Assam and the adjoining areas. Humid winds from the Bay of Bengal are feeding moisture to the north-eastern states. Thus, rains have increased over the areas and good rains may continue till May 2. Thereafter, a slight dip in the intensity of rains can happen as “extremely severe” Cyclone Fani would move over north Bay of Bengal and the winds would converge around the system. Thus, leading to decrease in moisture content over Northeast India, says the update.
However, the weather system may move further northeast-ward and rains may reduce over the north-eastern states by May 6.