East Coast Railway (ECoR) officials announced a suspension of train services in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states due to the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Fani beginning Thursday, May 2. At least 103 trains will stop running on Thursday evening. Train service from Bhadrak (Odisha state) to Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh state) will be halted along with trains from Bhadrak to Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh state) via Bhubaneswar and Puri (Odisha state). South Eastern Railway trains between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam are also likely to be affected. Further transportation disruptions, including road closures and flight cancelations and delays, are likely in the coming days as Fani continues its path north along the coast of India.
As of 06:30 (local time) on Thursday, Fani was located 278 km (172 mi) south-southeast of Visakhapatnam and producing sustained winds of 195 kph (121 mph) with gusts up to 240 kph (150 mph), or the equivalent of a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane. It is forecast to make landfall in Odisha state in the afternoon of Friday, May 3, before moving over Kolkata (West Bengal state) and into Bangladesh.
Individuals in eastern India, particularly Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, are advised to monitor the situation and local weather reports, confirm their travel reservations, and anticipate transportation disruptions, including train and flight cancelations and road closures, and other severe weather-related damage or disruptions to power, telecommunication, and infrastructure.
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