New Delhi: Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, around 8 a.m. on Friday, striking the coast with winds gusting at more than 100 miles per hour.
Kolkata airport to be shut from 3 pm today to 8 am tomorrow for Cyclone Fani
The cyclone that hit Odisha today morning is expected to move towards West Bengal.
The eye of the cyclone completely moved into land by 10.00 a.m and the cyclone crossed the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to IMD.
Tens of millions of people are potentially in the cyclone’s path, and more than a million were evacuated this week from coastal areas. Large sections of coastal India and Bangladesh are threatened by storm surges, and heavy rains could cause rivers to breach and flood.
The storm churned north through the Bay of Bengal on Thursday at the equivalent of a strong Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of about 155 miles per hour and near the range of a Category 5 storm, meteorologists said.