At least 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to be affected by “extremely severe”¬†cyclonic storm Fani, which is expected to make landfall 10km north of Chandrabhaga in Puri district on Friday afternoon.

As per the bulletin put out by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Fani over west central Bay of Bengal, which had moved north-northeastwards by Wednesday evening, was just over 500 kilometres from Puri in Odisha by around midnight.

Airport Authority of India has issued an alert to all coastal airports to ensure all precautions and SOPs are put in place immediately.