Cyclone Asani was the first cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal this year and was definitely a peculiar one. While advanced models and skilled forecasters usually predict the trajectory of most cyclones more or less accurately, the job was very tricky for Asani. Models could not agree on the landfall location until the morning of May 11, making the last two days of the storm eventful and scary.
On Wednesday evening, Cyclone Asani completed its landfall over the Andhra Pradesh coast, between Machilipatnam and Narsapur, before re-emerging into the Bay of Bengal post-midnight. Thankfully, the system had already de-intensified into a deep depression ahead of landfall — sustaining a wind speed of 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph. No casualties have been reported due to the storm, while Andhra and the neighbouring states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and even Kerala witnessed intense rainfall.
Here’re a few captivating photos of the system’s approach, landfall and crossing of the Andhra Pradesh coastline:
The calm before the storm
The evenings before most cyclonic systems give a sense of calmness—the weather becomes pleasant, and the skyline turns picturesque! Birds stop chirping, and a sudden line of clouds ominously appears on the horizon to give you the most aesthetic visuals. But, deep within, you know a storm is approaching!
This is also what happened with Cyclone Asani, more so because the weather turned overly pleasant, providing respite from the persistent heatwaves.
Amid the approaching storm, a golden-coloured chariot—suspected to be part of a movie set—washed ashore on the Srikakulam coast by the strong tides.
However, the cyclone eventually crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Narsapur from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Here’s how the storm-induced clouds covered the entire southern peninsula during the landing hours:
As the storm touched the North Andhra Pradesh coast near Machilipatnam, the state experienced heavy rains and thunderstorms along with a blanket of thick clouds. Here’s how the satellite images captured the event:
After-effects of the storm
While there are no reports on the injuries or death toll so far, heavy rains that lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh throughout the day destroyed the crops on about 30,000 hectares in the state, and the gusty winds wrecked the Kakinada-Uppada Beach Road.
Rainfall lashes several parts of India
Several states of India witnessed heavy rains brought by Cyclone Asani. The cyclone’s remnants will continue to bring showers to coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Gangetic West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman-Nicobar Islands, this week.
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