WEATHER REPORT

Severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ over Bay of Bengal, IMD issues rain, wind & sea warnings for 4 days

With the severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ over south-east and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moving nearly north-westwards- rain, wind and sea warnings have been issued by the India Meteorological Department for 9-12th of May. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal on 9th of May, into west-central Bay of Bengal on 9th and 10th and into north-west Bay of Bengal during 11th and 12th of May. Fishermen out at sea have been advised to return to coast. Very high sea conditions likely to continue to prevail over west-central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal. Landfall is unlikely over Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The meteorological conditions are under continuous surveillance and bulletin is also issued by the IMD. According to IMD,

In past six hours, cyclone moved with a speed of 25 kmph and lay centered over west-central and adjoining south of Bay of Bengal near Latitude 13.7 degree north and Longitude 86.3 degree east on 9th of May. About 870 km west-north-west of Car Nicobar, 730 km west-north-west of Port Blair, 550 km south-east of Visakhapatnam and 680 km south-south-east of Puri may be affected by the storm.

According to the IMD, it is very likely to move north-westwards till 10th May and reach west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. And it is likely to weaken gradually into cyclonic story during next 48 hours.

The estimated maximum sustained wind speed is 60 knots gusting to 70 knots. The sea condition is high to very high over south-east Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman sea. The estimated central pressure is 989 HPA.

The sea surface temperature is around 30-31 degree Celsius over entire Bay of Bengal. The ocean heat content is more than 100 KJ/CM square over north-west Bay of Bengal.

Warnings have also been issued by the IMD. Light to moderate rainfall at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over coastal Odisha and adjoining areas of north coastal Andhar Pradesh from the evening of 10th of May. Similarly, light to moderate rainfall at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is also likely over coastal Odisha and adjoining coastal areas of north Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. And light to moderate rainfall likely at a few places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal.

IMD has also issued wind warning in this regards. Gale wind with speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph prevailing over west-central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal for 9th of May. Similarly, IMD has also issued wind warnings for 10th of May, saying gale wind speed reaching 85-95 kmph gusting to 105 kmph is likely to prevail around the system center over west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal. It would gradually decrease becoming 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast.

Wind warnings for 11th and 12th of May have also been issued by the IMD. On 11th of May, gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is likely to prevail over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal. It would gradually decrease becoming 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

Gale wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 79 kmph is likely to prevail over north-west Bay of Bengal and it would gradually decrease becoming 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over north-west Bay of Bengal. Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off Odisha coast.

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