Asani clouds over the Bay of Bengal

(The TWC Team)

Tuesday, May 10: Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Asani’ – named after the Sinhala word for ‘anger’ – appears to have slowed down in its west-northwest journey as it begins to weaken. The storm, which was moving towards the Indian coast at 25 kmph on Monday, is moving at a speed of 10 kmph over the west-central Bay of Bengal.

On Tuesday, 8:30 AM, Asani was located 300 km off the coast of Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 570 km south-southwest of Puri in Odisha. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) preliminary forecasts, it is still moving northwest over the Bay of Bengal. It will move north-north-eastward towards West Bengal from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha tonight.

Cyclone Asani is the first of 2022 and is named after the forecast from Sri Lanka. On Tuesday morning, Asani threatened winds of 100-120 kmph around its epicenter. He will begin his de-intensification ugly with wind speed of 65-100 kmph in the next 24 hours Depression (wind 45-65 kmph) on Thursday.

These winds are likely to affect the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, with them being hit by winds of 40-60 kmph till Thursday. These conditions may extend to the West Bengal coast on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Coastal Andhra faces the worst, with winds expected to pick up again for the next 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

Heavy rain is expected over the cyclone-affected areas, and this is true for most of the eastern coastal areas of India in the coming days. Heavy rain and strong winds in coastal Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, have forced officials to impose a ‘red road’ over the country on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A red warning is the highest level of alarm to advise citizens to ‘take action,’ according to the IMD.

To clarify the situation, coastal Andhra Pradesh is likely to be inundated by heavy rain at isolated places on Tuesday. This will increase on Wednesday in most parts of the country which have been drenched by rains of similar intensity, while isolated areas in the north coast of Andhra Pradesh face. it was very sad.

Coastal Odisha, on the other hand, is likely to receive heavy rain at isolated places from Tuesday night, spreading to coastal West Bengal on Wednesday to Thursday.

Also, southerly winds from Asani will continue to cause heavy rain and thundershowers over Northeast India. The rainfall for the next five days from Tuesday is likely to exceed 200 mm in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal.

Asani caused high and rough sea conditions for many parts of the Bay of Bengal, leading to the issuance of fishermen’s advisories in places. Fishermen have been told to stop all work and return to shore, although work outside should be repaired until Friday.

Although Asani could not reach the country, it resulted in many conflicts among the coastal states. Due to strong winds and rain, some airlines have canceled flights in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam and Tamil Nadu’s Chennai. According to reports, only Visakhapatnam International Airport has seen the cancellation of 27 flights since the storm hit the country, while Chennai airport has almost twelve cancellations.

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