Cyclone Asani Strengthens Into Severe Cyclonic Storm; Sporadic Heavy Rain In Kolkata, Odisha

An alert has been raised by the weather department in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal as heavy rain is expected to lash these states from tomorrow

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Highlights:

  • The Indian Meteorological Department predicted squally weather with strong winds over Kerala
  • The weather department said that the cyclone is likely to intensify, but will not make landfall either in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
  • West Bengal government demanded all farmers to harvest standing crops and banned fishing is seas till May 15

On Monday, Cyclone Asani strengthened into a severe cyclonic storm, according to reports of IMD. Sporadic heavy rain together with lightning and thunderstorm slammed Kolkata and is expected to continue till Thursday.

The Indian Meteorological Department predicted squally weather with strong winds over Kerala in the coming days under the influence of Cyclone Asani, the severe cyclone storm that formed in the Bay of Bengal. Reportedly, an alert has been raised in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal as heavy rain is expected to lash these states from tomorrow.

The weather department said that the cyclone is likely to intensify, but will not make landfall either in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh. The department added that light to moderate rainfall is very likely to commence from Tuesday evening at several places over districts of -coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall (7-11cm) is very likely to take place at one or two places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, and Puri.

Senior Scientist at IMD, Uma Shankar Das noted, “In the past 6 hours, it (Cyclone Asani) has moved nearly in the west-northwestwards direction with a speed of kmph. It’s about 680km in the south-southeast of Puri & 580km from Visakhapatnam.” The department underlined that very high sea conditions are expected to prevail over west-central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal.

Uma Shankar added, “We are expecting that it will be further weakened into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent 48 hours and will continue to move in the northwest direction till May 10 over west-central adjoining northwest of North Andhra and Odisha coast. Afterward, it will be recalled north-northeast and move towards the north Odisha coast. We are expecting heavy rainfall under its influence from May 10 onwards over some Odisha coastal districts. Light to moderate rainfall to continue over districts of coastal Odisha.”

On Monday, the Odisha government proposed to evacuate people residing in the four coastal districts. Meanwhile, the West Bengal government on Sunday issued a cyclone alert demanding all farmers to harvest standing crops and banned fishing on seas till May 15.

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