Bhubaneswar:11/5/22: The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Asani’ has weakened into a Cyclonic Storm and is to further weaken into a depression after nearing the Odisha coast by the morning of May 12, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
At around 5.30 am today, the system lay centered about 50 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 530 km south-southwest of Gopalpur (Odisha), and 640 km southwest of Puri (Odisha).
It is very likely to move nearly northwestwards for the next few hours and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal close to Andhra Pradesh coast. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve slowly north-northeastwards, move along Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni & Visakhapatnam coasts and emerge into the west-central Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coasts by today evening.
Then it is likely to move northeastwards towards northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast and likely to weaken gradually into a depression by the morning of May 12.
The system is to trigger heavy rainfall (7 -11cm) at one or two places over the districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, and Cuttack today and over the districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore on May 12. Local Cautionary Signal No.3 (LC-3) has been hoisted at Gopalpur port and Distant Warning Signal No.2 (DW-2) at all other ports of Odisha.