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Cyclone Asani highlights: Andhra, Odisha receive rains as storm weakens

Cyclone Asani highlights: The India Meteorological Department said the weather system would further weaken into a low pressure area by the end of the day.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 12, 2022 2:00:48 pm
Boats parked on the shore by fishermen as part of precautionary measures for Cyclone Asani. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone Asani Higlights: Three days after Cyclone Asani formed in the Bay of Bengal, the weather system Thursday weakened into a well-marked low pressure area. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said it would further weaken into a low pressure area by the end of the day.

The weather department said parts of Andhra Pradesh would receive light to moderate rainfall at many places, and heavy rain at isolated places. Parts of Rayalaseema are expected to get heavy to very heavy rainfall. Squally winds, with speeds reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, are likely to prevail over coastal Andhra and westcentral Bay of Bengal. The IMD said sea conditions would remain rough on Thursday, but would improve thereafter. Fisherfolk have been advised against venturing into sea today.

Due to the formation of the cyclone, which skirted the Andhra coast before weakening, at least 50 teams of the National Disaster Response Force were on standby for rescue and relief operations. There are 22 teams deployed on the ground, while 28 are on alert.

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Cyclone Asani Highlights: Storm weakens into well-marked low pressure area, says IMD; Andhra, Odisha, West Bengal to receive rains, squally winds.

14:00 (IST)12 May 2022
Weather system weakens into well-marked low pressure area

The weather system has weakened into a well-marked low pressure area. The India Meteorological Department says it will further weaken into a low pressure area by the end of the day.

08:35 (IST)12 May 2022
Cyclone Asani: Weather forecast for Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal

The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places, and heavy rainfall at isolated places in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal, too, are likely to receive rainfall. In the next 12 hours, squally winds are likely to prevail in Krishna, East and West Godavari districts, and Yanam in Puducherry. Sea conditions will be rough, and fishing activities remain suspended.

08:34 (IST)12 May 2022
Cyclone Asani: Storm weakens into depression, lies west of Machilipatnam

Cyclone Asani has weakened into a depression over coastal Andhra Pradesh. The weather system has remained “practically stationary” in the 6 hours till 5.30 am, and lies west of Machilipatnam, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

18:14 (IST)11 May 2022
Strange foreign chariot drifts afloat to north Andhra shore

A strange-looking gold colour-coated chariot came afloat to the Bay of Bengal coast near Santabommali in this north coastal Andhra district on Wednesday morning, leaving the locals in awe. The sea is currently rough because of the cyclonic storm Asani and this possibly caused the chariot to float adrift.

17:53 (IST)11 May 2022
Cyclone Asani lies about 30 km southeast of Machilipatnam

Cyclonic storm Asani is expected to move north-northeastwards and reach around Narsapur coast during next six hours. It would then move along Yanam, Kakinada and Tuni coasts and emerge into westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Andhra coast by tomorrow.

16:27 (IST)11 May 2022
Asani is expected to weaken further into a depression by late evening

Asani has weakened from a severe cyclone into a cyclone in Bay of Bengal today afternoon and lay 40 km southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra. By late evening, it is expected to weaken further into a depression and drift back into the sea. 

13:36 (IST)11 May 2022
Andhra CM reviews situation as Cyclone Asani nears

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has conducted a videoconference with the collectors of coastal districts and reviewed the situation, according to news agency PTI. Reddy has asked officials to be on high alert and ensure they are geared up to meet any emergency. “Focus should be on preventing loss of lives,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

13:35 (IST)11 May 2022
Asani weakens to 'cyclonic storm'

Asani has weakened from a 'severe cyclonic storm' to a 'cyclonic storm', the IMD has said. It lies about 40 km southeast of Machilipatnam, 140 km southwest of Kakinada, and 280 km southwest of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh; and 520 km southwest of Gopalpur and 630 km southwest of Puri in Odisha. The cyclone is expected to further weaken into a depression by tomorrow morning.

13:33 (IST)11 May 2022
Rains lash parts of Andhra as Cyclone Asani nears

A 'red' alert, warning of very heavy rainfall, was issued for parts of coastal Andhra, including Guntur and Krishna, while a 'yellow' alert was sounded for Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Godavari districts. As per the IMD, the amount of rainfall (in cm) recorded so far is:

- YSR: Duvvur (11), Chepad (11), Cuddapah (11)

Coastal Andhra Pradesh:
- Vishakhapattnam: Narsipattnam (7),
- Nellore: Kavali (7) 
- Parkasam: Kandukur (7)
- Guntur: Bapatla (7)
- Viziyanagram: Mentada (7), Pusapatrega (7), Gantyada (7)

09:40 (IST)11 May 2022
Cyclone Asani weather forecast: 'Red' alert in coastal Andhra

A 'red' alert has been issued in Guntur and Krishna districts of coastal Andhra, warning of very heavy rainfall. A 'yellow' alert has been sounded in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Godavari districts. 

09:38 (IST)11 May 2022
Cyclone Asani: Kerala, Tamil Nadu to receive more rains today

Kerala and Tamil Nadu will receive more rainfall today under the influence of Cyclone Asani. The two states have been witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall since Tuesday. Meanwhile, central Maharashtra and southern Konkam will witness cloudy sky conditions today and tomorrow, but chances of rainfall have been ruled out.  

09:02 (IST)11 May 2022
Explained: Why is this storm called Cyclone Asani?

To answer this question, we have to go back to the year 2000, when a group of nations called WMO/ESCAP (World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), which comprises Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, decided to start naming cyclones in the region. Each country sent in suggestions, which are used in rotation.

Cyclone Asani has been named by Sri Lanka, and means 'wrath' in Sinhalese. Read more here.

08:34 (IST)11 May 2022
Forecast track and intensity of Cyclone Asani

In this table below, the IMD has details the position, intensity and forecast for Cyclone Asani. Take a look:

08:28 (IST)11 May 2022
Cyclone Asani to weaken into a 'cyclonic storm' today

Cyclone Asani, categorised as a ‘severe cyclonic storm’, is expected to gradually weaken into a ‘cyclonic storm’ today. It will become a depression by Thursday morning, the IMD has said.

08:12 (IST)11 May 2022
Cyclone Asani is moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast

Cyclone Asani is likely to come near the coast of Andhra Pradesh today. It is unlikely, however, to make landfall, and could slowly recurve north-northeastwards and move along Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni and Visakhapatnam coasts and emerge into westcentral Bay of Bengal by this evening. Then, it is likely to move northeastwards towards northwest Bay of Bengal, the IMD has said in its latest update.

In this trajectory put out by the IMD, the red dots show a forecasted track while the green is a cone of uncertainty.  

20:56 (IST)10 May 2022
'Asani' moving in a 'cone of uncertainty' over Bay of Bengal 

The cyclonic storm Asani is currently moving in a "cone of uncertainty" over west-central Bay of Bengal and is expected to cross the coast anywhere between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday evening.

Special Chief Secretary (Disaster Management) G Sai Prasad said they were constantly monitoring the path of the cyclone and, accordingly, issuing alerts to the respective district administration.

"We have already sent nine teams each of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force to the coastal districts for emergency operations," the Special Chief Secretary said. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)10 May 2022
Cyclone Asani shields Delhi against heatwave 

The maximum temperature in Delhi dropped below the 40-degree mark on Tuesday as moisture-carrying easterly winds prevailed in the capital under the impact of severe cyclone Asani.

No heatwave is predicted for the next two days, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The Met office had earlier predicted a heatwave spell from Wednesday with temperatures soaring to 44 degrees Celsius.

In a revised forecast, it said the maximum temperature will settle around 40 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 42 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Safdarjung observatory, Delhi's base station, recorded a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, a normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature settled at 28 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

19:04 (IST)10 May 2022
Union home secretary reviews cyclone preparedness; NDRF deployed in Andhra, Odisha, Bengal 

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Tuesday reviewed preparedness for severe cyclone Asani, which is moving over Bay of Bengal, off Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts, where rescue troops were deployed for assistance of civilians, officials said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed nine teams and kept seven more teams on standby in Andhra Pradesh while one team has been deployed and 17 units are on standby in Odisha.

As many as 12 teams were deployed and five teams were on standby in West Bengal while additional teams are also in readiness if required.

"The union home secretary today reviewed preparedness of central ministries, agencies and administrations of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in view of cyclone 'Asani' in Bay of Bengal," a home ministry spokesperson said. (PTI)

18:05 (IST)10 May 2022
Cyclone Asani: Navy’s Eastern Command in Visakhapatnam steps up with aid

The Indian Navy’s Eastern Command at Visakhapatnam is preparing to provide assistance in the event that severe cyclonic storm Asani makes landfall on May 11, a statement from the Navy said, adding that the cyclone is likely to move close to the coast of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha in the next 24 hours.

The headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command and naval officers in charge in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha areas have carried out preparatory activities to deal with the effects of the severe cyclone and are in constant liaison with the respective state administrations for rendering assistance as required, the statement said.

As part of the preparedness, 19 flood relief teams and six diving teams, along with Gemini craft and associated gears, are on standby at Visakhapatnam for rendering assistance to civil authorities. Five Indian Navy ships are on standby with relief material, diving and medical teams to render assistance in the most affected areas along the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, it added. Read more

17:46 (IST)10 May 2022
Cyclone Asani nears east coast, starts losing steam: IMD 

Severe cyclone Asani neared the east coast, packing gale-force winds up to 105 kmph, amid indication of gradual weakening on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The cyclone, which was moving at 5 kmph in the morning, gained speed to 25 kmph later in the day, as it lays centered around 210 km south-southeast of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and 530 km south-southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha, according to the latest bulletin issued at 4.30 PM.

The system is expected to recurve on Tuesday evening and move parallel to the coast in the north-northeast direction. IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said that cyclone Asani has already achieved maximum stage of intensification and is gradually getting weakened. (PTI)

Weather Forecast Today, Cyclone Asani news Beach guards urge people not to go near the sea, during Cyclone Asani in the Bay of Bengal, at Puri beach, Monday, May 9, 2022. (PTI Photo)

From Amphan to Asani: How and why are cyclones named?

Whenever a cyclone hits a country, the first thing that strikes the minds of most is what these names mean. In 2000, a group of nations called WMO/ESCAP (World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), which comprised Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, decided to start naming cyclones in the region. After each country sent in suggestions, the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) finalised the list.

The WMO/ESCAP expanded to include five more countries in 2018 — Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The list of 169 cyclone names released by IMD in April 2020 were provided by these countries — 13 suggestions from each of the 13 countries.

Adopting names for cyclones makes it easier for people to remember, as opposed to numbers and technical terms. Apart from the general public, it also helps the scientific community, the media, disaster managers etc. With a name, it is also easy to identify individual cyclones, create awareness of its development, rapidly disseminate warnings to increase community preparedness and remove confusion where there are multiple cyclonic systems over a region.

Super cyclones in India, Bangladesh: numbers exposed to severe flooding projected to rise hugely

A new study has found that super cyclones are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in future years. The paper was published in the Royal Meteorological Society journal Climate Resilience and Sustainability on Monday — a day when the India Meteorological Department was tracking Asani, classified as a severe cyclonic storm and predicted to weaken into a cyclone.

The research, led by the University of Bristol and including scientists from Bangladesh, looked at the 2020 Super Cyclone Amphan, the most costly cyclone to have made landfall in South Asia. They projected its consequences in different scenarios of sea level rise due to global warming.

Why Cyclone Asani won’t be another Fani or Amphan

The ‘Extremely Severe’ cyclone Fani and ‘Super cyclone’ Amphan wreaked havoc in Odisha and West Bengal respectively. Cyclone Asani by contrast, is expected to only graze the coast, and not make landfall. Its anticipated recurving behaviour upon reaching close to the south Odisha coast will likely be similar to that of cyclone Jawad, even though Asani’s track does not match with that of Jawad’s, which was formed in the Bay of Bengal last December.

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