- The Odisha government has evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani expected to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali
- In an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could touch 195 kmph. The India Meteorological Department said it is the first cyclonic storm of such severity in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood in 43 years.
- Cyclone Fani is also the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, which claimed close to 10,000 lives and devastated the Odisha coast. The name ”Fani”, which is pronounced as “Foni”, was suggested by Bangladesh.
- Cyclone Fani is expected to result in Storm surge of about 1.5 metre height which may flood low-lying areas. A storm surge happens when sea levels rise dramatically during a storm sending a destructive wall of water towards land.
- Storm surge is not the result of rainfall or flooding, rather it happens when powerful winds push ocean water rushing towards land. According to US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) storm surge is an “abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above predicted tides.”
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