Severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ over Southeast and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal currently lies about 590 km southwest of Puri and about 510 km south-southwest of Gopalpur.
It is very likely to move nearly northwestwards till 10th May night and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coast and adjoining Odisha coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours.
As per Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar, the severe cyclonic storm moved with a speed of 12 kmph in west-northwest direction during last six hours.
Under the influence of the cyclone, few places in Odisha are experiencing rain. It will trigger moderate to heavy rainfall in seven coastal districts for three days starting from today.
IMD has issued a yellow warning for heavy rainfall and squally wind reaching upto 50 km per hour in several districts under the influence of the cyclonic storm.
Heavy Rainfall (7 -11cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, and Puri this evening. Similarly, light to moderate rainfall very likely at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha on the following day. Heavy Rainfall (7-11cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack.
On Thursday, light to moderate rainfall is very likely at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and Heavy Rainfall (7-11cm) is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore.
(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)