SEVERE cyclonic storm Asani packing gale-force winds up to 120 kmph which is moving towards the east coast bringing along heavy rain, is likely to recurve in a north-northeastward direction on reaching near the shore and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm, the Met office said on Monday. Coming close to North Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts, it is likely to turn into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday night. The cyclone will not make landfall either in Odisha or Andhra Pradesh but will move parallel to the east coast and cause rainfall, IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra had said in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. The system, which lay about 500 km south-east of Visakhapatnam and 650 km south of Puri at 8.30 am on Monday, is moving in a northwestward direction with a sustained surface wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph. It has caused rainfall in Odisha and West Bengal during the day. The cyclone is likely to cause heavy rain in the southern part of West Bengal.