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Pradeep Singh

Cyclone Asani is likely to make landfall between Kakinada and Narsapur of Andhra Pradesh soon, informed Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena.

The SRC further said that the cyclonic storm is presently lying off Andhra Pradesh coast and it will recurve after the landfall and may enter the sea by tomorrow morning.

While returning to the sea, the cyclonic storm may turn into depression, said Jena while elaborating that cyclone Asani may not have any impact on Odisha.  

Due to the cyclone, Khordha district recorded the highest rainfall followed by Gajapati and Nayagarh. Ghasipura block in Keonjhar district recorded 72.3 mm rain while Kanas block in Puri district received 56mm rain, said Jena.

"As cyclone Asani will start to recurve from Kakinada area of Andhra Pradesh again to the Bay of Bengal today midnight, there will be no such major problems in Odisha. Wind speed will be around 30 to 40 kmph, and, heavy rain at some places in the State may be recorded," added Jena.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra has also predicted that the cyclone over west-central Bay of Bengal may make landfall between Kakinada and Narsapur of Andhra Pradesh by today evening. 

“We are not expecting any structural damage in Odisha under the impact of the cyclonic storm. Because, the wind speed in the state will be 40 to 50 kmph in the State,” Mohapatra said while speaking to OTV.

“Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to continue along and off Odisha coast on 11th to 12th May,” he said.

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