The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are likely to see heavy rain amid alert over Cyclone Asani – which is set to form over the Andaman Sea on Monday- with rescue teams deployed. This is the first cyclone this year that has prompted alerts from the weather office. However, no landfall point is mentioned. Strong winds with speed reaching 55-65 km per hour are likely to cause damage and disruption apart from rain.
Here are the updates on Cyclone Asani set to form over Andaman Sea:
1. In a late night tweet, the weather office said the depression over the Andaman Sea, 250 km north-northeast of Nicobar Islands and 80 km south-southeast of Port Blair, is set to move towards northwards along the islands, and intensify “into a deep depression in the next 12 hours”.
2. Several teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) have been deployed in Port Blair, the government has said. Army and Navy are also on standby.
3. No landfall point has been mentioned. “We have not mentioned or predicted any landfall point. It will move along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands and then over the east-central Bay of Bengal and along and off the Myanmar coast and gradually reduce and becoming squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over the same region from Tuesday evening. When moving along and off Andaman and Nicobar it is likely to bring extremely heavy rains and strong winds to the region,” a senior IMD scientist said.