Bhubaneswar: Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Asani’ over the Bay of Bengal has weakened into a Cyclonic Storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its bulletin today.
The system is very likely to move nearly northwestwards for next few hours and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal close to Andhra Pradesh coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve slowly north-northeastwards, move along Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni and Visakhapatnam coasts and emerge into westcentral Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coasts by today evening. Then it is likely to move northeastwards towards northwest Bay of Bengal. It is likely to weaken gradually into a depression by 12th May morning, the IMD said.
Rainfall and Wind warnings have been issued by the agency in connection with the cyclone.
11th May: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls is likely over coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over coastal Odisha & adjoining coastal West Bengal.
12th May: Light to moderate rainfall likely at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal.
- Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing along and off Andhra Pradesh coast. It is likely to increase and become gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph in the morning hours of 11th May along & off Andhra Pradesh coast (Krishna, East & West Godavari, Yanam of Puducherry UT and Visakhapatnam districts) and further, it would decrease to 45-55 Kmph gusting to 65 kmph over the region.
- Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to continue along & off Odisha coast and West Bengal coast on 11th to 12th May.
Storm Surge warning: Storm surge of height about 0.6 m above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Krishna, East & West Godavari, Yanam of Puducherry UT and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh.