According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) Senior Scientist RK Jenamani, the strong cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ is anticipated to recurve over the sea away from the coast and would not cross Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, or West Bengal.
According to Jenamani, the Asani is currently located between 450 and 500 kilometres south of Visakhapatnam and Puri.
“This system is currently a severe cyclonic storm. In the last 12 hours, it has been travelling northwest at a speed of roughly 21 to 25 kilometres. This will keep moving forward. It’s heading for Andhra Pradesh’s north coast and Odisha,” he went on to say that it will recurve starting tomorrow.
From May 10-11, the Met Department predicts heavy to very heavy isolated rainfall in the districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, such as East Godavari, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, and the coastal district of Odisha.
“It will recurve north-northeast away from the coast. So, only under its impact, we have predicted heavy to very heavy isolated rainfall. The cyclone is not crossing Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, or West Bengal. It is recurving over the sea away from the coast,” he said.
From May 10 onwards, certain coastal areas of Odisha are predicted to receive severe rainfall due to the effect of Asani.
Cyclone Asani has travelled almost west-northwestwards with a speed of 25 kmph in the previous hours, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bhubaneswar Senior Scientist Umashankar Das, and is predicted to weaken into a cyclonic storm.
Speaking with media, Das said, “It’s about 680 km in direction of the south-southeast of Puri and 580 km from Visakhapatnam. We are expecting that it will be further weakened into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent 48 hours and continue to move in the northwest direction till May 10 over west-central adjoining northwest of North Andhra and Odisha coast.”
Over coastal Odisha, light to moderate rainfall will persist.
“Afterwards, it’ll be recalled north-northeast and move towards north Odisha coast. We’re expecting heavy rainfall under its influence from May 10 onwards over some Odisha coastal districts. Light to moderate rainfall to continue over districts of coastal Odisha,” Das added.
According to an IMD statement issued this morning, the cyclonic storm was centred around 550 kilometres southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 680 kilometres south-southeast of Puri.
“It is very likely to move northwestwards till May 10 and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts,” the IMD said.”Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 48 hours,” the bulletin said.
Thunderstorms and moderate rainfall are expected today in sections of the Howrah, Kolkata, Hooghly, and West Midnapur districts of West Bengal, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Kolkata. During thunderstorm activity, the weather forecaster has encouraged people to seek cover.
Fishermen are warned not to go deep sea fishing over the central regions of the Bay of Bengal on May 9-10 and the Northwest Bay of Bengal on May 10-12.
In light of the Cyclone, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has put its personnel and disaster management teams on high alert.
Sri Lanka named Cyclone Asani, which means “wrath” in Sinhalese.
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