Yaas, a cyclonic storm, has developed into a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm,’ travelling at a speed of around 15 kilometres per hour in the sea, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The cyclone is located about 160 kilometres east-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 250 kilometres south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), 240 kilometres south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), and 230 kilometres south of the Sagar Islands, according to a special weather bulletin from the weather bureau.
“By the early morning of Wednesday, May 26, it is very likely to pass north-north-westwards, intensify further, and enter near the north Odisha coast near Dhamra port. It is very likely to cross the north Odisha-West Bengal coast as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm between Paradip and Sagar Islands, close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 26,” according to the Met department.
“The wind speed at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore is currently estimated at 60 – 90 kmph,” Dr Mryutyunjay Mohapatra, DG, IMD, told OTV. At midnight, however, the wind speed in these districts will rise to 90-100 kmph.”
He said, “It will increase to 155-165kmph tomorrow morning and continue until noon.”
“Tidal waves up to the height of 4 metres will sweep the shores of Balasore and Bhadrak during the landfall of the cyclone,” Mohapatra said of the sea tide.
“Yaas will wreak havoc on the districts of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara until tomorrow noon, while Bhadrak and Balasore will be ravaged until tomorrow evening,” Mohapatra said.
Written By: Swati Sahoo