Weather forecast today, April 26, 2019: Puducherry is busy bracing itself up after the India Meteorological Department issued an alert of Cyclone Fani. The union territory is expected to get heavy rain during the next few days due to a low-pressure area over Bay of Bengal which could transform into a cyclone on April 30, said the IMD.
Territorial Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held discussions with officials of various departments, including Revenue and Disaster Management, along with his ministerial colleagues, after the sounding of the alert. “Puducherry is bracing itself up after the IMD issued the alert,” the Chief Minister told reporters after the meeting.
However, the depression over east equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of about 05 kmph during the day and laid centred near 1060 km east southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1410 km southeast of Chennai and 1690 km southsoutheast of Machilipatnam at 5.30pm. It is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours. After this, It is expected to move northwestwards off Srilanka coast during next 96 hours and reach near north Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts on April 30 evening.