Andhra on red alert as cyclone Asani reach coast today, IMD warns of heavy rainfall

The coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh have been issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall, in the wake of cyclone Asani, according to a senior IMD official. Officials said that cyclone Asani has changed its direction and is going to touch the nearby Kakinada coast. After touching the Kakinada coast, it will come again to sea between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam.”Heavy to very heavy rainfall warnings have been issued along the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana’s Nalgonda, Suryapet, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam and Mulugu districts are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall,” Dr Nagaratna, Head, Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad, told ANI.

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during the past 6 hours, weakened into a cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department said. It’s very likely to move nearly northwestwards for next few hours and reach Westcentral Bay of Bengal close to Andhra Pradesh coast. Thereafter, it’s very likely to recurve slowly north-northeastwards, move along Machilipatnam, Narsapur,Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni and Visakhapatnam coasts, added IMD. Asani is likely to emerge into westcentral Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh coasts by today evening. “Then it is likely to move northeastwards towards northwest Bay of Bengal. It is likely to weaken gradually into a depression by 12th May morning,” the IMD said.

The weather office officials had earlier said that light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at a few places of Telangana due to the cyclone Asani. “Telangana is likely to have the impact of the cyclonic storm in adjoining districts. Nalgonda, Suryapet, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam and Mulugu are likely to receive light to moderate rains. At times heavy rains are expected,” Nagaratna had said. The Met department had said that Hyderabad is likely to experience light rains and cloudy conditions would persist.

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