Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
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Cyclone ‘Asani’ approaching

Met office predicts hail, heavy rainfall

The low pressure formed over the South Andaman Sea and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal may turned into a cyclonic storm over the east central Bay of Bengal by tomorrow evening.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted that a low pressure has formed over the South Andaman Sea and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal on Friday morning may intensify into a depression today and subsequently turn into a cyclonic storm over east central Bay of Bengal by the evening of May 8.

“It is likely to continue to move northwestwards and reach west central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts by May 10,” it said.  If it intensifies into a cyclonic storm then it will be named “Asani”, a name given by Sri Lanka.

Average maximum wind speed in the radius of 50km from the low level center is 35km per hour gusting up to 45km per hour, forecasted by Bangladesh Weather Observation Team (BWOT).

“The system is under favourable environment due to moderate VWS offsetting by excellent outflow and high Sea Surface Temperature (SST). Conditions could become very favourable during next 48hrs,” it said.

It could cross the coasts between Odisha to South West Bangladesh by May 10 to 12 as a weakening Cyclone, it said adding that eastern India and western Bangladesh could be effected by moderate to heavy rain along with tropical squalls and extremely heavy falls at isolated places across the system track due to the direct impact of the system.

“Gale wind speed reaching 65-75kmph gusting to 85kmph is likely to prevail over central parts of Bay of Bengal on May 9 and gale wind speed reaching 80-90kmph gusting to 100kmph is likely to prevail over west central and adjoining northwest and east central Bay of Bengal on may 10,” said the IMD. Squally wind speed reaching 45-55kmph gusting to 65kmph is likely to prevail over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Sea and adjoining Southeast and east central Bay of Bengal today, it said.

“Squally wind speed reaching 55-65kmph gusting to 75kmph is likely to prevail over southeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal and would gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 65-75 gusting to 85kmph over the same region from tomorrow evening8,” the IMD added.