The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) advised on Sunday that Cyclone Storm “Asani” is highly likely to move northwest and further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the east-central Bay of Bengal in over the next 24 hours.
IMD further notified that it is very likely to reach the northern coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on May 10. The deep depression over the southeastern Bay of Bengal on Sunday intensified into an “ASANI” cyclonic storm, the IMD said.
“The deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm named ‘Asani’. It is moving at 16 km/h in a northwesterly direction. It is 970 km in a southeasterly direction from Vishakapatnam and 1020 km in a southeast of Puri,” said Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, IMD.
Additionally, Das said the rains are expected to start on the evening of May 10. So far, a yellow rainfall warning has been issued for 3 districts, Gajpati, Ganjam and Puri. While on May 11, heavy rain warning was issued for 5 districts, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam, he said.
“We expect it to move northwest until the evening of May 10. It is possible that it will further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. There is no possibility of making landfall, it will curve and move parallel to the Odisha coast,” the IMD lead scientist added.
Meanwhile, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner, PK Jena, said on Saturday that rainfall is expected in Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri in Odisha on May 10-11. will be a depression by May 10, he added.
“The low pressure has developed into a depression located nearly 1,300 km southeast of Puri moving northwest and will be a depression by May 10. Rainfall is expected in Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri on May 10 and 11,” Jena told media in Bhunaneswar. .
(With agency contributions)