Cyclone Asani is expected to bring heavy rains to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some parts of the Nicobar Islands. Fishermen have been advised not to go to sea.
The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast that the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal will intensify into a deep depression today and a cyclone tomorrow.
The IMD has forecast that the low pressure area in the south-eastern Bay of Bengal and the adjoining southern Andaman Sea will move east-northeast today (March 20) and intensify into a hurricane Asani March 21.
It is expected to move almost north-northeast and reach the southeastern Bangladesh coast of northern Myanmar by March 22. Currently, the low pressure area is moving towards the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where heavy rainfall is expected.
Due to this, the schools there will be closed tomorrow. Andaman and Nicobar Islands will receive heavy rainfall over parts of Nicobar Islands.
21st March: Light to moderate rainfall/thundershower at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall are very likely over north Andaman Islands. Light to moderate rainfall at a few places is likely over Nicobar Islands.
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) March 20, 2022
Today and tomorrow, the cyclone is likely to reach 40 to 50 kmph and intermittent 60 kmph in the south-eastern Bay of Bengal and adjoining southern Andaman Sea. Chennai Meteorological Center Director Senthamarai Kannan said that fishermen should not go to these areas.
The epicenter was reported below the Bay of Bengal and the adjoining South Andaman Sea at 08.30 this morning. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast a storm at 5.30 am on the 21st.