Bhubaneswar, May 7: IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra today said that the cyclonic storm Asani brewing over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Andaman Sea is not likely to make landfall in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh.
“The system is now moving towards the coast in north-westwards direction as a well-marked low pressure. The path will be north-westwards till May 10 and thereafter it will re-curve in the sea towards north-north-eastwards. After moving north-north-eastwards, the system will weaken in the sea,” Mohapatra said.
Briefing about the impact of the cyclone on Odisha, Mohapatra said, “The condition of the sea near Odisha coast will start becoming rough from May 9, and it will become even rougher on May 10. The wind speed may go up to 80-90 kilometers per hour over the sea area.”
He further advised the fishermen not to venture into the sea from May 9 and those in the sea should come to the shore by May 8 as the sea condition will be rough.
“Light to moderate rainfall is likely to lash coastal districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, and Puri after May 10 evening. In the coastal areas, the wind speed will be 40-50 kilometers per hour and gusting up to 60 kilometers per hour. The maximum wind speed will be 50-60 kilometers per hour,” Mohapatra said.
“The windy condition will continue till May 11 and eventually will start reducing thereafter,” the IMD DG added.