Cyclone Yaas has intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ and it is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It is currently lying over the east-central Bay of Bengal at a distance of about 630 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 520 km south-southeast of Paradip, 620 km south-southeast of Balasore and 610 km south-southeast of Digha.
The weather office said Yaas is likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach the northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning.
The system is likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Islands around Balasore, during noon of May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm. At the time of landfall, the system is likely to carry wind speeds of 155-165 km per hour gusting to 185 km per hour.
Yaas to lose intensity upon landfall
Following the expected landfall at around noon on May 26, the system will continue to lose intensity and by the night, it will become a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 55-65 km per hour.
By the next day, it will further lose its intensity and become a depression.
Impact of Yaas
Due to the cyclonic storm, heavy to very heavy rainfall will be experienced in several areas in Odisha and West Bengal starting Tuesday.
In Odisha, heavy rainfall is expected in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Keonjhargarh, Puri, Khurda, Angul, Deogarh and Sundergarh. In West Bengal, heavy rainfall is expected in Purulia, Bankura, Bardhaman, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Bhirbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Darjeeling, Malda, Dinajpur, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri.
Apart from West Bengal and Odisha, light to moderate rainfall is expected in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar.
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