Severe cyclone storm 'Asani' to trigger heavy rains in Andhra

Parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely to receive heavy rains accompanied by squally winds under the impact of cyclonic storm 'Asani' which has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over Southeast Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The severe cyclonic storm lay centred about 920 km northwest of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands), 770 km west-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 500 km southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 650 km south of Puri (Odisha).

According to the IMD bulletin on cyclone, it is very likely to move northwestwards till May 10 and reach Westcentral and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve north northeast wards and move towards Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast. It is likely to weaken gradually into a cyc