Puri, May 3: The landfall process of Cyclone Fani began at around 8:30 am on Friday morning on Odisha Coast. Puri and other places in Odisha received heavy rainfalls with the cyclone close to making landfall today. Live visuals of the movement of Cyclone Fani showed it right on top of Odisha on Friday morning on the website called Earth.nullschool. WhatsApp messages were being circulated on how one can see the movement of the extremely severe Category 5 cyclonic winds on the map. One can type earth.nullschool.net on their web browser and zoom in to Odisha to see the movement of Cyclone Fani. Click here for Live news updates on Cyclone Fani.
It is being said that the cyclone is carrying winds with speed of up to 200 kmph. The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha has evacuated over 1 million people and has shifted them to shelter homes, with the target of ensuring zero-casualty in the cyclone.
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A total of 19 districts in Odisha and West Bengal will be affected by the cyclone, along with parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Rains combined with high speed have been witnessed in the region since over the past two days. The IMD has said that the impact of the cyclone will slow down after 4 pm today.
All schools and colleges have been closed in Odisha till further orders. In West Bengal, educational campuses will remain shut till May 4 in view of the threat posed by Fani. The Model Code Of Conduct in place due to the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 has also been eased out to enable state governments to prepare for the impact of the cyclone.