Cyclone Asani Updates: Today, the effect of the first storm of the year ‘Asani’ can be seen. It is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the east-central Bay of Bengal. The India Meteorological Department ( IMD ) has said that the storm entered the Bay of Bengal from the Andaman Sea on Saturday. A thunderstorm warning has been issued in Odisha and Bengal.
According to the Meteorological Department, it is likely to reach the coasts of North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on May 10. The IMD said that the cyclonic storm formed in the Bay of Bengal will not knock on Odisha or Andhra Pradesh but will move parallel to the coast.
IMD Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said, ‘It is now moving northwest towards the coast. It will continue to move in that direction until the evening of May 10 and then move north-northeastwards across the sea and parallel to the beach. He said that the sea condition along the Odisha coast would remain rough on May 9 and May 10, and the wind speed in the sea would increase to 80-90 kmph on May 10.
Mohapatra said, ‘In the coastal areas of Odisha, the wind speed will be around 40-50 kmph, which will increase to 60 kmph. The maximum wind speed will be 50-60 kmph. This wind condition will continue till May 11 and will subside after that. He said that under its influence, the coastal districts of Odisha – Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Puri would receive light to moderate rains after the evening of May 10.
Chances of rain in these places
According to the special bulletin of the IMD, light to moderate rain is very likely at many places over Coastal Odisha on the evening of May 10. Heavy rainfall (7-11 cm) is expected at one or two places over Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri. Heavy rain may occur at one or two places in Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack the next day. Anglers have been advised not to venture into the deep sea on May 9, 10 and 11.
These states will be affected.
The effect of this year’s first cyclonic storm, ‘Asani’, can be seen in many states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, and Assam, apart from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Meteorological Department has also issued a yellow rain alert for these states. If this cyclone is successful in taking shape, then this will be the third consecutive year when a storm will occur in the sea areas of India. Earlier in 2020, the storm ‘Amfan’ in West Bengal and then in Odisha in 2021 was affected by the storm ‘Yas’.