New Delhi: Severe cyclone Asani is likely to hit the Andhra Pradesh coast between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday, May 10.
The weather agency, which is tracking the movement of the severe cyclone, notified that it is currently about 210km away from Kakinada and 310 km from Visakhapatnam, and the cyclonic storm is likely to hit the coast tomorrow morning and following which, it will move along Andhra Pradesh coast.
SCS ASANI lay centered at 1130 IST today about 210km SSE of KAKINADA, 310km SSW of Visakhapatnam, to reach close to Kakinada and Visakhapatnam coasts by 11th morning and move along Andhra Pradesh coast and weaken into a Cyclonic Storm by 11th morning pic.twitter.com/9VpYM3NIrx
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 10, 2022
“Asani is moving towards the Andhra coast. A red alert has been issued for Andhra. It is expected to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal close to Kakinada or Vishakhapatnam by morning,” said Sanjeev Dwivedi, Scientist IMD.
“Its recurve is possible after morning. It will then come towards the Odisha coast. Heavy to very heavy rainfall over Odisha is expected,” he added.
The MeT Department has warned fishermen against venturing into deep sea till Thursday, as Odisha braced for heavy rain in the coastal areas. Rainfall was recorded in Ganjam, Puri and Khurda on Tuesday morning.
Sea condition is likely to remain very high on Tuesday, and become very rough on May 12 before improving thereafter.
Earlier in the day, IMD officials conveyed that the cyclone Asani has already achieved maximum stage of intensification and is gradually getting weakened.
The cyclone, which was moving at 5 kmph in the morning, gained speed to 25 kmph later in the day, according to the latest bulletin. The system is expected to recurve on Tuesday evening and move parallel to the coast in the north-northeast direction.
Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall took place in Puri and Khurda, while very heavy downpour is likely to occur in some places in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and coastal Odisha from Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the gale-force wind speed will decline to 80-90 kmph by Tuesday night and to 60-70 kmph by Wednesday evening.