Severe cyclone Asani has changed its track significantly Cyclone Asani changes track: IMD issues red alert for this state. And is likely to touch the Andhra Pradesh coast between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday and issued a “red” red alert for the Andhra Pradesh coast, which implies that local authorities need to take action to prevent disasters associated with the cyclone. Severe cyclone Asani, which means wrath in Sinhala, is likely to move northwestwards and reach west central Bay of Bengal close to Kakinada-Vishakhapatnam coasts by Wednesday morning.
Thereafter, IMD said, Severe cyclone Asani is likely to recurve slowly north-northeastwards and move along Andhra Pradesh coast between Kakinada and Vishakhapatnam and then emerge into northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts.
Asani is likely to weaken gradually into a cyclone by Wednesday morning and into a depression by May 12 morning but before it weakens, it is forecast to cause intense rainfall and extremely strong winds along Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts.
On Tuesday afternoon Asani lay centered around 210 km south-southeast of Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), 310 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), 530 km southwest of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 630 km southwest of Puri (Odisha).
The model predictions were looping indicating high uncertainty about the track of Asani, scientists said. “As you can see track has changed now. Asani will touch and move along the Andhra Pradesh coast between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam.
We are now expecting Asani to touch the coast on Wednesday early morning. The impact may not be very severe but still, people need to be prepared,” said Ananda Kumar Das, in-charge of the weather bureau’s cyclone monitoring division.
Bad weather under the impact of severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ in Bay of Bengal. Severe cyclonic storm heavy rainfall alert 10 flight cancelled in these states. Hit the flight operations at Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
10 flights including from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Mumbai cancelled at Chennai Airport due to cyclone Asani. According to Chennai airport authority, passengers were informed over the same yesterday. According to reports, Indigo Airlines had cancelled 2 flights from Chennai to Visakhapatnam at 7 am and 10:40 am and 2 flights from Visakhapatnam to Chennai at 10:40 am and 1.45 pm.
AirAsia had announced cancellation of 3 flights from Chennai to Hyderabad, Jaipur and Mumbai and 3 flights from Hyderabad, Jaipur and Mumbai to Chennai. Yesterday, Flights from Kurnool, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad could not land at Visakhapatnam Airport due to bad weather and had to be sent back.