Cyclone Fani In Eastern India Expected To Weaken During Next 6 Hours - Weather Service

Cyclone Fani in Eastern India Expected to Weaken During Next 6 Hours - Weather Service

Powerful cyclone Fani, which has already made landfall in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, prompting mass evacuations, is expected to weaken during the next six hours, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday

NEW DELHI (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 03rd May, 2019) Powerful cyclone Fani, which has already made landfall in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, prompting mass evacuations, is expected to weaken during the next six hours, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday.

"VSCS [Very Severe Cyclonic Storm] Fani ... over coastal Odisha about 25 km [15 miles] NE [north-east] of Bhubaneswar [city] & close to Cuttack [city] ... To weaken into SCS [Severe Cyclonic Storm] during next 6 hrs," the statement, published by the department on its Twitter, said.

According to the weather service, Bhubaneswar, which has over 800,000 residents, reported 80 miles per hour winds.

In general, the guts of the wind reached 108 miler per hour on Friday, it added.

Earlier in the day, Indian authorities said that they had already evacuated over 1 million people in Odisha. Moreover, the cyclone resulted in 220 trains being canceled in the area. At least three people were reportedly killed by the storm, according to the local media.

Cyclone Fani is feared to become the deadliest cyclone to hit India since 1999. Back then, a cyclone made landfall on Odisha, claiming almost 10,000 lives.