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Guwahati: The severe cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ could result in widespread rainfall with thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds over Northeast India in the next five days.

Cyclone Asani is this year’s first storm in the North Indian Ocean region, and was seen developing over southeast Bay of Bengal. Asani, which means “wrath” in Sinhala”, could intensify by two stages by Monday, the Indian Meteorological Department said.  

The cyclone is likely to strengthen into a very severe cyclonic storm, with wind speeds reaching 118 to 220 km/hour, and remain over east-central Bay of Bengal.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, isolated heavy falls have been predicted over Arunachal Pradesh from Tuesday to Thursday and over Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura between May 9 and 12.

According to the May 9 weather forecast, heavy rain is likely over isolated places of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Tamil Nadu. Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

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