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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The deep depression, which is currently lying at 1100 km south-southeast of Puri over the Bay of Bengal, has turned into a cyclonic storm today, informed India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday.

The cyclonic storm is named as Asani.

As per the MeT department, the depression has gathered steam and is moving at 13km/h towards north-northwest.

While its current path is leading it towards the Andhra-Odisha coast, it is unlikely to make landfall. The cyclone will not make landfall as the system is more likely to move parallel to Odisha- Andhra coast, informed IMD.

Speaking to OTV, the Director General (DG) of IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra had said, “The path will be northwestwards till May 10 and thereafter, it will recurve in the sea towards north-northeastwards. After moving north-northeastwards, the system will weaken in the sea.”

“Light to moderate rainfall will start in coastal districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur and Puri after May 10 evening. In the coastal areas, the wind speed will be 40-50 kmph and gusting upto 60 kmph. The maximum wind speed will be 50-60 kmph and the windy condition will continue till May 11 and thereafter, it will start reducing,” the IMD DG had added.

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