The strong cyclone ‘Asani’ in the Bay of Bengal has lost its strength and turned into a cyclone; With strong winds and rain moving towards the Andhra coast of India.
Heavy rains have been reported in Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada district since Wednesday morning, according to Indian media. Asani, who had changed direction earlier in the day, could touch land along the coast in Kakinada district.
After changing direction again, the storm may come out to sea near Visakhapatnam on Wednesday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that if the current trend continues, the downpour will weaken further and it could turn into a deep depression by Thursday morning.
Due to inclement weather, ‘Red Alert’ has been issued in Guntur, Krishna, Visakhapatnam, West and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The local authorities have started preparing for the disaster.
According to the Times of India, the Kinada-Uppada Beach Road has been closed to traffic. Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education has postponed Wednesday’s exams.
Heavy to very heavy rain warning has been issued in Andhra coastal districts. The local meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rains in Nalgonda, Suryapet, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam and Mulugu districts of Telangana.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicated the possible course of Asani on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that the storm could reach near the coasts of Andhra and Orissa, bend and weaken to the northeast of West Bengal and south of the coast of Bangladesh.
But on Tuesday night, it became clear that Asani had changed his mind in the possible direction shown by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center based on Asani’s location at 8 am on Wednesday, the central part of Asani could rise above the coast of Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district before noon. Rainfall can be weakened and gradually change direction. Then it can turn into low pressure and come out again in the sea.
Due to the effect of Asani, it is already raining in different parts of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Meteorological Office has asked Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra seaports to display remote warning signal number 2 as the sea is rough.
According to the special weather bulletin, it was located at 1335 km southwest of Chittagong seaport, 1310 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar seaport, 1150 km southwest of Mongla seaport and 1160 km southwest of Payra seaport at 6 pm on Wednesday.
Within 54 kilometers of the cyclone center, the maximum sustained wind speed was 62 kilometers per hour, which increased to 6 kilometers in the form of gusts or gusty winds.
The meteorological office has advised all fishing boats and trawlers stationed in the North Bay to move cautiously along the coast and not to venture into the deep sea.
After a light pressure formed in the South Andaman Sea on Friday, it condensed to a low pressure on Saturday and then a deep depression. After that it quickly accumulated energy and turned into a cyclone on Sunday morning. Then it gets the name ‘Asani’.
The cyclone in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal was named by the World Meteorological Organization’s regional cyclone agency Escap. From the list of names given by 13 countries in the region, the name of the new cyclone was gradually fixed. The name Asani was suggested by Sri Lanka. In Sinhala it means anger.
The weather forecast for Wednesday said that moderate to heavy rain with gusts and gusty winds is likely in most parts of Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and in many parts of Rangpur division. There may be moderate to heavy rainfall in some parts of the country.
Day and night temperatures across the country may remain almost unchanged.
The meteorological office recorded the highest temperature of 35 degrees Celsius in Syedpur on Tuesday. The temperature in Dhaka was 29 degrees.