Bhubaneshwar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regional center has informed that cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ over the west-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeast at a speed of 4 km/h over the past 6 hours and was centered at 2:30 p.m. today, over the same area near latitude 16.1°N and longitude 81.4°E, about 30 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 50 km south -west of Narsapur, 120 km southwest of Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), 270 km southwest of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 500 km southwest of Gopalpur and 620 km southwest of Puri .
It is very likely to move north-northeast along the coasts of Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni and Visakhapatnam until today evening and emerge in the central western bay of the Bengal off the northern coast of Andhra Pradesh on the morning of the 12th. It is likely to weaken into a deep low by tonight and further into a low on May 12 morning.
The cyclonic storm is under continuous Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) watch in Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
The forecast trajectory and intensity are given in the following table:
(i) Rainfall forecasts and warnings:
Day 1 (valid until 08:30 IST of 12.05.2022):
- Forecast: Light to moderate rain or thunderstorms very likely to occur in many places over the districts of Odisha.
- Yellow Warning: Heavy rain (7-11cm) will most likely occur at one or two locations over Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Gajapati, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts.
Day 2 (valid from 08:30 IST on 12.05.2022 until 08:30 IST on 13.05.2022):
- Forecast: Light to moderate rains or thunderstorms very likely to occur in many places over the southern districts of Odisha and a few places over the northern districts of Odisha.
(ii) Wind Warning:
- Gales reaching 70 to 80 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h prevail around the center of the system over the central western Bay of Bengal. It would gradually decrease to 65-75 Kmph with gusts to 85 Kmph by today evening over the same region. In addition, it would decrease to 45-55 km/h with gusts of 65 km/h over the west-central Bay of Bengal on the morning of May 12.
- Squally wind speeds reaching 35-45 km/h with gusts to 55 km/h are expected to continue along and off the Odisha coast from May 11-12.
- Sea State: Sea state is expected to continue to be high over the mid-west and north-west Bay of Bengal until the evening of 11 May and very choppy to choppy over the same area thereafter until to May 12.
(iii) Warning to Anglers:
- Full suspension of fishing operations on the mid-west adjacent to the north-west of the Bay of Bengal until May 12.
(iv) Port Warning:
- Keep hoisted Remote Warning Signal No. 2 (DW-2) at all ports in Odisha.
- Possible impact and advice: Some impact on mature agricultural crops (summer rice, legumes (green gram, black gram)), vegetables and other vegetative/flowering crops (sugar cane, maize, etc.) is likely in the districts of Odisha due to rainfall.
- The harvested crop can be kept in a safe place, drainage of excess water can be carried out, avoid irrigation and pesticides, and postpone the sowing of crops (jute and others).
- Offshore activity may be judiciously regulated from May 11 to 12, 2022.