The cyclonic storm 'Asani' which hit the Bay of Bengal has turned into a severe cyclone. Yes, and the Meteorological Department has issued a big alert about it. It is being said that this storm will show its serious impact in the next 6 hours. Let us tell you all that cyclone 'Asani' is likely to turn north-northeastwards and move northwest of the Bay of Bengal away from the Odisha coast. You may be aware that during the last 6 hours, this storm is moving at a speed of 14 km per hour in the northwest direction and it is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm. In fact, an alert has been issued in states like Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in view of Cyclone Asani. At the same time, the Met department said that due to the cyclone, strong winds and rain are expected to occur on the coasts of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha from Tuesday.
Let us tell you all that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had given information in its special bulletin yesterday i.e. on Sunday and had said that cyclone Asani will show a rough form in the next six hours and may turn into a severe cyclonic storm over the southeast Bay of Bengal. Regional Weather Director Habibur Rahman Biswas said that the cyclonic storm 'Asani' over the south-eastern Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 14 kmph during the last six hours and turned into a severe cyclonic storm. At the same time, he also informed that the impact of the storm will be seen in the south-east and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal, about 610 km north-west of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands), 500 km west of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 810 km south-east of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 880 km south-southeast of Puri (Odisha). He has further informed that Asani will turn into a severe cyclonic storm while remaining over the Bay of Bengal at a distance of about 920 km from Puri.
However, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said the system will be closest to the coast between Ganjam and Puri as a cyclonic storm on May 11. "Since it will move further parallel to the Odisha coast from Puri (forward), the system will weaken under a deeper pressure on May 12. However, May 11 will be crucial as moderate to heavy rainfall and winds with speeds of 50 to 60 kmph are likely to occur over coastal and adjoining districts. Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts will receive rain between May 10 and 12. Further, Jena said that ODRAF teams have been deployed at Puri, Satpara, Asaranga, Krishnaprasad, Jagatsinghpur, and Bhadrak, Mahakalpara, Rajnagar and Ganjam. The DG of the fire brigade has put teams on the alert mode in all districts. Instructions have been given to be ready for action in case of any eventuality.