Severe Cyclonic Storm Asani, with winds of 100 to 110 kph (62 to 68 mph) and higher gusts, is in the Bay of Bengal and should make landfall on India’s eastern coast on Wednesday early afternoon. Asani is the second storm to impact India this season. Its influence has already created intense rainfall conditions in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and even the northeastern states. India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued on Tuesday a “red” warning for the Andhra Pradesh coast. Parts of India’s coast, near the storm’s landfall location, could see as much as 150 mm (6 inches) of rainfall during the next few days. Model predictions had started looping indicating very high uncertainty of track. This means anything can happen.
India’s Visakhapatnam port suspended operations.The storm hit and canceled the flight operations at the airport in the Andhra Pradesh coastal city. High tidal waves were seen in some coastal villages in the Uppada area of the Kakinada district. The State Disaster Management Authority has advised the people of north coastal Andhra to be on high alert. But after the severe heatwaves the cyclone and wet conditions are being viewed as a welcome sight and a source of respite. Many people expressed their joy on social media in the form of tweets and visuals. The maximum temperature in Delhi dropped below the 40-degree mark on Tuesday. The impact of Cyclone Asani is expected to linger across India all week.