Tropical Cyclone Asani Makes Landfall in Andhra Pradesh

Tropical Cyclone Asani made landfall on the east coast of India in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday night. At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday the center of Tropical Cyclone Asani was located at latitude 15.8°N and longitude 80.6°E which put it 25 miles (40 km) south of Tenali, India. Asani was moving toward the west-northwest at 7 m.p.h (11 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 986 mb.

The center of Tropical Cyclone Asani made landfall on the coast of Andhra Pradesh south of Tenali on Tuesday night. Asani was the equivalent of s strong tropical storm at the time of landfall. Winds to tropical storm force extended out 110 miles (175 km) from the center of Tropical Cyclone Asani. Thunderstorms in bands in the western and northern parts of Asani were dropping heavy rain in scattered areas near the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

Tropical Cyclone Asani will weaken steadily as it moves inland over Andhra Pradesh. The rainfall will become lighter when drier air over India is pulled into Asani’s circulation. The circulation around Tropical Cyclone Asani will become shallower when it weakens. Southwesterly winds in the lower levels over India and the Bay of Bengal could steer the weakened circulation of Asani toward the northeast later this week.