After Tauktae, Cyclone Yaas, which is a carriage down on Bengal and Odisha from the Bay of Bengal, will make landfall near Balasore coast in Odisha, 240km from Kolkata on May 26 at noon i.e today with a thunderous wind. A red alert has been issued for port areas of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla, and Payra after Cyclone Yaas intensifies over the east-central Bay of Bengal, moved north-northwestwards in the past six hours.
While Bengal won’t be getting a direct impact of cyclone yaas and several of its districts. But areas like East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura, and Purulia falling within the core area of the radius of Yaas are likely to be severely affected. Each of these districts may receive heavy rain accompanied by a very high wind speed of 155kmph-165kmph.
Red alert: extremely heavy rainfall warning issued for Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore for today and tomorrow: IMD Bhubaneswar
Orange alert: heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khorda, and Puri today: IMD, Bhubaneswar
We are expecting wind speeds of 150-160 kmph gusting 180kmph over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore tomorrow as landfall is expected by noon. We have issued the highest danger warning for Dhamra and Paradip ports- IMD, Bhubaneswar
Kolkata being in the outer band of the cyclone could see a spell of heavy rain with a wind speed of 70kmph -80kmph, gusting up to 90kmph. Light rain, which started from Monday afternoon, could continue till the cyclone hits land and get heavier occasionally. The city could receive the heaviest spell of rain between Tuesday night and Wednesday noon as the cyclone approaches Balasore coast and landfall happens. – RMC director G K Das
Due to the favorable weather conditions, the severe cyclone storm is likely to intensify further, move in a north-northwest direction and reach the northwest bay in the early morning of May 26th, it said. The sea will remain high near the center of the severe cyclone, the Met’s office said. The seaports of Chattogram, Coxs Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to maintain a distant warning sign numbered two (r) two. All fishing boats and trawlers across the North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to seek shelter and remain safe until further notice.