Bhubaneswar, May 8: The deep depression which is brewing over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Andaman Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Asani’, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today.
The cyclonic storm is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm (wind speed of 118 to 220 kilometers per hour) in the next 24 hours, the IMD added.
As per the Met department, the system is currently located at 1020 km south-southeast of Puri and 970 km southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It is moving in the north-westwards direction with a speed of 16 kilometers per hour.
The system is very likely to continue to move north-westwards till the evening of May 10 and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve in the north-northeastwards direction and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast.
Earlier yesterday, the IMD had ruled out the possibility of the landfall of cyclone Asani in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh.