Here's everything you need to know about Cyclone Fani

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Former Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, Sarat Sahu said Odisha witnessed cyclonic storms during summer in 1893, 1914, 1917, 1982 and 1989, but these brought little trouble for the state as they either fizzled out or changed course towards West Bengal.

An IMD bulletin on Tuesday evening said storm surge of about 1.5 metre above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of possible landfall.

Odisha had to evacuate some 300,000 people last October when its coastal districts were battered by cyclone Titli, with winds up to 150 km (95 miles) per hour and heavy rains.

Heavy rainfall is very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday and light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places a day later.

"Fani" is likely to hit the Odisha coast by May 3 afternoon and may also have an effect in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The NDRF and the Indian Coast Guard are coordinating with the state governments.

The Election Commission has lifted the model code of conduct in the coastal districts of the state to ensure that the state is prepared to face Fani.

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All the 880 cyclone centres have been readied for the goal.

The National Crisis Management Committee, the country's top body to deal with emergency situations, took stock of the situation on Monday and assured state governments of all assistance from the central government.

The funds included $28.64 million for Andhra Pradesh, $48.78 million for Odisha, $44.28 million for Tamil Nadu, $33.71 million for West Bengal, according statement issued by home ministry said.

Also heavy to very heavy rainfall can be expected in some isolated places over the south coastal Odisha on May 2nd.

As per the meteorology department, the cyclone was to be at a safe distance from the land near the coast but Fani is passing over many parts of Andhra Pradesh, South interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

All state universities and colleges coming under administrative control of Higher Education Department and located in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts will remain closed from May 2 to 4th, said reports.All teaching, non-teaching and administrative staff will, however, have attend to office.

A cyclonic circulation over West Bengal accompanied with southwesterly winds along the western Bay of Bengal continues to feed moist air to northeastern and eastern India. It has also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at places such as Boudh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Kalahandi.