Severe cyclonic storm Asani weakens into cyclonic storm, rains in Andhra, Odisha, Bengal

Heavy rainfall likely in East & West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia, and lighter rains in Kolkata.

The severe cyclonic storm “Asani” has weakened into a “cyclonic storm” and is likely to turn into a depression by Thursday morning, according to the India Meteorologial Department (IMD).

Heavy rainfall is likely in East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Nadia districts in West Bengal, apart from light to heavy rainfall in Kolkata. There are 12 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Bengal along with five standby teams. More are deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha’s coastal region.

The cyclonic storm has moved towards north coast of Andhra Pradesh with a wind speed of 85 km/her along with heavy rain. It is likely to move towards northwest and recurve towards north-east. It may then emerge into west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh coast by Wednesday evening. By Thursday, it is expected to move away from the coast and weaken into a depression. Fishermen have been asked to not venture into the sea for now.

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