Cyclone Asani nears east coast, starts losing steam: IMD
   Date :11-May-2022

Cyclone Asani nears 
SEVERE cyclone Asani neared the east coast, packing gale-force winds up to 105 kmph, amid indication of gradual weakening on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The cyclone, which was moving at a speed of 25 kmph on Monday, has slowed down to 5 kmph as it lays centered around 300 km southeast of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and 510 km south-southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha.
The system is expected to recurve on Tuesday night and move parallel to the coast in the north-northeast direction.
Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre Director H R Biswas said the gale-force wind speed will decline to 80-90 kmph by Tuesday night and to 60-70 kmph by Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, flight operations were cancelled with several airlines flights in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam and Tamil Nadu’s Chennai on Tuesday.
Visakhapatnam International Airport director Srinivas said that IndiGo has cancelled 23 flights, both arrivals, and departures, citing bad weather. “Four Air Asia flights also stand cancelled due to bad weather at Vizag for the day,” he added.
At the Chennai airport, 10 flights have been cancelled.
As per the Chennai Airport Authority, information regarding cancellation was conveyed to the passengers on Monday.
The MeT Department has warned fishermen against venturing into deep sea till Thursday, as Odisha braced for heavy rain in the coastal areas. Rainfall was recorded in Ganjam, Puri and Khurda on Tuesday morning.
The weatherman has predicted heavy rain in parts of coastal Odisha from May 10-12.