Bombay, May 9: Cyclone Asani, which formed southeast of the Bay of Bengal, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Monday. Under its influence, several parts of West Bengal experienced heavy rains accompanied by lightning and strong winds. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm moved towards the northern coasts of Andhra Pradesh-Odisha.
The alert has been raised in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal as these states are at risk of heavy rains from tomorrow. Bhubaneswar Meteorological Center said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ is very likely to move northwest until Tuesday evening and reach the central west and northwest of the Bay of Bengal in off the northern coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Cyclone ‘Asani’ raging in the Bay of Bengal; Should weaken without making landfall, says IMD.
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SCS ‘Asani’ on the southeast and adjacent to the west-central Bay of Bengal, near lati 13.0°N and long 87.5°E, about 570 km west-northwest of Port https://t.co/kPvyqOuD7u move northwest until 10 May overnight and reach Westcentral and adjacent northwest BoB off the northern coast of AP and Odisha pic.twitter.com/gecVctA5M1
— Indian Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 8, 2022
However, IMD said the cyclone is expected to intensify but will not reach Odisha or Andhra Pradesh. According to the meteorological office, the system, now about 740 km from Puri in Odisha, is moving northwest at a speed of about 21 km per hour.
Here is the live tracking of Cyclone Asani:
Meanwhile, IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the high seas area over the central parts of the Bay of Bengal on May 9-10 and over the northwestern Bay of Bengal on May 10. to May 12. Cyclone Asani: IMD predicts hotter days for Tamil Nadu due to cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Asani is a Sri Lankan name meaning “anger” in Sinhalese. In 2020, the Indian Meteorological Department released a list of 169 likely tropical storm names after holding discussions with 13 member countries of the World Meteorological Organization. These countries were Bangladesh, Iran, India, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Maldives, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Each country was able to come up with 13 names, and the names are determined based on where the cyclone originated.
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