The Indian Meteorological Department on Sunday, said that Cyclone Asani is likely to intensify into a ‘severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.
“The cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ moved northwestwards over the Bay of Bengal with a speed of 13 kmph and lay centered about 480 km west¬northwest of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands), 400km west of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 940 km southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 1000 km south southeast of Puri (Odisha), at 08.30 hours IST on May 8,” read the weather department bulletin.
The cyclone was unlikely to make landfall either in the coast of Odisha or Andhra Pradesh, but will move parallel to the coast in the sea, the weather office added.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into east central and southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Andaman Sea on Sunday.
Rainfall will commence on Tuesday evening and a yellow warning has been issued for rainfall issued in 3 districts in Odisha- Gajpati, Ganjam and Puri. For Wednesday, heavy rainfall warning has been issued for 5 districts- Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam.
Cyclone Asani would be the first cyclonic storm of the season as the weather event in March had fizzled out.
The governments of Odisha and West Bengal have taken all precautionary measures to deal with the situation.