Cyclone Asani, the severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, continued to lash out on Kolkata, eastern city of India, on Monday as heavy rains and thunderstorms have severely waterlogged the city.
Asani, packing gale force winds up to 120 km per hour, was moving towards coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha at a speed of 25 km per hour on Monday. However the cyclone is expected to weaken gradually over the next two days, the weather department has stated.
“It is very likely to move northwestwards till Tuesday and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh & Odisha coasts. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeast and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 48 hours,” the bulletin from the weather department announced.
Cyclone Asani is a name given by Sri Lanka that means ‘wrath’ in Sinhalese. True to its name, the cyclonic storm had intensified into a ‘severe’ cyclonic storm at 5.30 pm on Sunday as it moved north westwards in the direction of north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts.
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are on alert as under the influence of the cyclone, coastal areas are expected to experience heavy winds and rains from the evening of May 10, said IMD director-general Mrutunjay Mohaptra. As a preemptive step the Odisha government on Monday planned evacuation of people residing in four coastal districts.
The severe cyclone, on reaching west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts on May 10, is very likely to recurve north-northeast wards and move towards northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast, the Met said. The severe cyclonic storm is very likely to lose some steam thereafter and turn into a cyclonic storm on May 11 and further into a deep depression on May 12, the IMD said in its forecast of Asani’s track and intensity.
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