Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Cyclone Asani likely to intensify

Signal 2 issued for maritime ports

Cyclone Asani likely to intensify

The tropical cyclone Asani formed over southeast Bay of Bengal (BoB) on Sunday is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over east central BoB.

The cyclonic storm Asani over southeast BoB moved northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered at 0600 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Sunday over the same region near latitude 11.6°n and longitude 88.7°e, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

“It is very likely to move northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm over east central Bay of Bengal during next 6 hours and continue to move northwestwards till May 10 evening and reach west central and adjoining northwest BoB of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. It is very likely to re-curve north-northeastwards and move towards northwest BoB of Odisha coast,” it said.

The cyclone has been named “Asani” by Sri Lanka, which means ‘wrath’ in Sinhala.

A special bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Sunday said, “The cyclonic storm remained about 1205 kilometres South-Southwest of Chattogram port, 1125 kilometres South-Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1185 kilometres South of Mongla port and 1145 kilometres South of Payra port at 6am on the day.”

“It is likely to intensify further and move in a North-westerly direction,” it added.

“Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kilometres of the cyclonic storm centre is about 62kph, rising to 88kph in gusts or squalls,” according to BMD.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoised distant warning signal no. Two as the Sea will remain very rough near the cyclonic centre.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea are advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution and asked them not to venture into the deep sea.

At a press conference at the Secretariat on Sunday, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman said, "The cyclone Asani may hit the coast of India on May 12th, but there is no chance of it hitting Bangladesh."

Under the influence of Asani, rain or thundershowers with intense lightning flashes and temporary gusty or squally wind are likely to occur in Bangladesh," he said .

 "The current path of the cyclonic storm shows that it may hit Visakhapatnam, Odisha, West Bengal, India and Sathkhira, Bangladesh," the minister said.

Meteorologists and the international weather office predicted that the cyclone may weaken after reaching Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, and West Bengal by May 12 and turn into a depression, he said.

"The cyclone could turn in any direction at any time. Now it is heading toward the northwest direction. If it turns toward the north direction after a re-curve, it could hit Satkhira, Khulna, Barisal, and Patuakhali in our country," he added.

Rain or thundershowers with intense lightning flashes and temporary gusty or squally winds are expected to occur at one or two locations in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions, according to the Met Office on Sunday.