According to IMD Cyclone Fani has intensified into a severe storm on Tuesday, and is likely to hit Odisha coast on May 3rd. Authorities in Odisha and adjoining districts in Andhra Pradesh were alerted as heavy rains are expected in the region. Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh are more likely to be affected.

Indian Meteorological Department stated Fani was one of the most severe Cyclones witnessed in April month in 43 years.

Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh L V Subrahmanyam had discussed with his counterparts in Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Puducherry and West Bengal regarding the likely impact of the cyclonic storm which is said to intensify in the coming 36 hours.

IMD on Tuesday stated that Fani was located at a distance of 620 km from Vishakapatnam coast. At 5.30 am on Wednesday the storm was 680 km South-Southwest of Puri. Moderate to heavy rains are expected in north coastal Andhra and Southern parts of Odisha on May 3rd and 4th.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) of all states which are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rains were deployed. Even the coast guard was put on high alert to handle emergency situations.

The Fishing communities were warned not to venture into the sea as the cyclone is set to intensify and asked the ones in deep sea to return. There is however a seasonal ban imposed on fishing as this is the breeding season.

The southern and the north-eastern states are likely to witness rains ranging from normal to severe. With the cyclone Fani hitting Odisha coast, intense precipitation is predicted in Odisha and the adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh.

In the meantime, Election Commission has relaxed the poll code to facilitate rescue operations in few districts in Odisha which are likely to be affected by the storm.

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