Bhubaneswar: In what could be termed as a sigh of relief for Odisha, the forecasted cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ may not make landfall in the state, informed India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra today.
“The cyclone may not make landfall in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh. After reaching Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts on May 10 evening, the cyclone is likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast. The system will continue to move in the direction over the sea being parallel to the Odisha coast,” said Mohapatra.
#CycloneAsani to change path!
Forecasted #CycloneAsani is very likely to move northwestwards till May 10 evening and reach westcentral & adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh & Odisha coasts. pic.twitter.com/5WPF1uEN0J
— Sambad English (@Sambad_English) May 7, 2022
“The Well Marked Low Pressure Area over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining South Andaman Sea is very likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a Depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 3 hours and further into a Cyclonic Storm over eastcentral Bay of Bengal on 8th May,” the IMD said in its bulletin issued at 12.30 PM today.
“It is very likely to continue to move northwestwards till 10th May evening and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast,” the bulletin added.
Impact on Odisha
Rainfall Forecast and Warning:
10th May: Light to moderate rainfall very likely to commence from 10th May evening at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall (7 -11 cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, and Puri.
11th May: Light to moderate rainfall very likely at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall (7-11 cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack.
Wind Warning: Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off Odisha coast.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea area over central parts of Bay of Bengal on 9th and 10th May, and over Northwest Bay of Bengal on 10th and 11th May.