Chennai: The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Balachandran, Chairman, Southern Regional Meteorological Center, met reporters today at the Chennai Meteorological Center. He said, “Hurricane Asani is currently in the central and western Bay of Bengal, about 260 km southeast of Kakinada and about 200 km south of Masulipatnam.
It has been moving at a speed of 10 km per hour for the last 6 hours. It is likely to move in a north-westerly direction and then move in a north-easterly direction after coming very close to the Andhra coast tonight. Due to this fishermen are advised not to go fishing in Central and West Bengal and North West Bengal today and tomorrow.
In the last 24 hours, it has rained in a few places in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Krishnagiri district Uthangarai and Tirupati district Vadapudupattu received maximum rainfall of 5 cm each.
Light to moderate rain is expected in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry during the next 24 hours. The sky will be overcast in Chennai and suburbs. He said there could be occasional light to moderate rain in some parts of the city from time to time.