Tropical Cyclone Fani – also known as Storm Fani – is set to make landfall India and Bangladesh in the next 24 hours, with the equivalent strength of at least a Category 4 hurricane. The storm system is expected to be one of the worst to hit in years, with tidal surges, flooding and winds of up to 155 mph. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the region already and many more are being warned to stay away from the coast and be aware of flood risks.
Here’s a recent image, courtesy of CIRA/RAMMB, of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm #Fani as it nears the Indian coast. According to @Indiametdept this storm is currently equivalent in strength to a Category 4 hurricane pic.twitter.com/VZv5gvhMZ0
— Met Office (@metoffice) May 2, 2019
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani in the Bay of Bengal is expected to make landfall on Friday. Winds up to 130 mph are expected with a 2 meter storm surge and up to 700 mm of rain. pic.twitter.com/2Iba8QFHDp
— Met Office (@metoffice) May 2, 2019
This weather front is likely to have a massive and very damaging impact. Please prepare as best you can, and try to limit the demands you make on local resources and responders. Be prepared to help other as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you are in the region –
- Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.
- Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
- Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too.
- Stay indoors – damaged buildings continue to post a threat. Downed power lines can be deadly.
- Let people know where you are – friends and family, the local consulate, your travel agent/tour company, etc.
- If you are likely to be making a claim on your travel insurance, review the documents so you know what information you will need and what the process for making a claim is.
- Monitor local media.
- Keep mobile devices charged.
- Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
- Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water.
- Comply with advice from the local authorities.
- Be prepared for delays and disruption.
- If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you are heading to the region soon –
- Check in with your airline and travel agent to find out if your trip will be impacted.
- Monitor media reports.
- Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly.
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) May 2, 2019
Official travel advice
From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Storm Fani, an extremely severe cyclone, is forecast to make landfall in Odisha, northeast India and then weaken across West Bengal and Bangladesh (fringing Dhaka) over the weekend of 3 May 2019. You should monitor weather updates from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department and international forecasts. Follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators. See our Tropical cyclones page for advice on what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.
Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.
#Dhaka #Bangladesh Alert:Cyclone Fani continues to strengthen over the Bay of Bengal & expected to impact Bangladesh’s coastline. Southwest Bangladesh could experience heavy rains, storm surges, strong winds, possible flooding, landslides, & power outages. https://t.co/K48JlO95RN pic.twitter.com/1vaWOZUCIA
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 2, 2019
— Irish Embassy India (@IrlEmbIndia) May 2, 2019
#India: Cyclone #Fani will reach India’s east coast on or around 2 May. Check our travel advice for more information. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators #beinformed #beprepared https://t.co/nEJNrFkn0t
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) May 2, 2019
#India Alert: Cyclone Fani, currently over the Bay of Bengal, is predicted to intensify further and cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on May 3. Heavy rainfall is expected, accompanied by rough sea conditions and high winds. https://t.co/qsLApEdRTC pic.twitter.com/GWcALw9rk6
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 1, 2019
#India Storm Fani, an extremely severe cyclone, is forecast to make landfall in the States of Odisha and West Bengal on or around 2 May. You should monitor weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Dept. https://t.co/87WerETT4A pic.twitter.com/TACdfM1Vsz
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) May 1, 2019
Further news and information
A terrible situation is unfolding along the east coast of India, where Tropical Cyclone Fani is bearing down on the country. Roughly 100 million vulnerable people are in the path of this monster. #Fani is basically the equivalent of a CAT5 hurricane, packing max winds of 155 mph. pic.twitter.com/lekCqsnLsc
— Jeff Forgeron (@WeatherJefe) May 2, 2019
🚨 UPDATE 🚨
Cyclone #Fani has rapidly intensified from a Category 3 to a strong Category 4. Landfall in India is imminent.
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May 2, 2019
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 2, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated parts of India’s eastern coast as a powerful cyclone brought fears of widespread destruction in the coming hours https://t.co/HJhjEH4tgE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 2, 2019
Alert has been issued for cyclone Fani on the Puri beach of Odisha. Visitors have been ordered to leave the beach as well.#ReporterDiary (@manogyaloiwal)
More videos: https://t.co/FAHzdjSiWA pic.twitter.com/FQkNG20nWM
— India Today (@IndiaToday) May 2, 2019
According to the latest forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JWTC), Fani, is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that devastated large parts of Odisha
— NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2019
I’m gasping as I look at the satellite images of Cyclone Fani, which is very close to Cat. 5 intensity as it bears down on India, where a massive evacuation operation is underway. Time is running out. https://t.co/2Oy7HozdOI pic.twitter.com/El7uo1jwmf
— Andrew Freedman (@afreedma) May 2, 2019
Tropical Cyclone Fani has cleared its eye and is even more powerful as it nears coast of India.
Objective satellite based & manual intensity analysis using Dvorak method is T 7.0 = 140 knots or Category 5.
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 2, 2019
India is evacuating hundreds of thousands of people in Orissa state ahead of Cyclone Fani. Many are in low-lying areas and live in mud and thatch houses.
A cyclone that hit the same area in 1999 killed 10,000 people. pic.twitter.com/aPl8uohx6q
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 1, 2019
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