Cyclone Yaas : Very severe cyclone may hit Odisha on May 26

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BHUBANESWAR : A low pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea on Saturday is gathering strength and is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm on Monday. The cyclonic storm is likely to cross West Bengal, north Odisha and adjoining Bangladesh coasts on Wednesday evening, the India Meteorology Department (IMD) predicted.
The eastern coast of India is going to experience summer cyclone for the third consecutive year after Fani and Amphan in 2019 and 2020, respectively. However, unlike the previous summer cyclones, this time the impact could be less.
“The cyclone is likely to cross West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts around Wednesday evening with a wind speed of 120-165 km per hour and gusting to 185 km per hour,” IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
“Generally summer or pre-monsoon cyclones have lesser impact than that of post-summer cyclones which occur in the months of October and November,” he said.
The low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression on Sunday and form into a cyclone by Monday. When it does it would be called Cyclone Yaas. “Though the exact point of landfall is yet to be ascertained, it is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclone in the next 24 hours. The wind speed will be experienced within 100-metre radius of the centre of the cyclone,” Mohapatra said.
The IMD director general said under the influence of the cyclonic storm, normal to moderate rainfall is likely to start in coastal districts of Odisha from Tuesday and it might gradually increase into severe rainfall. Depending on the track of the cyclone, north coastal districts of Odisha will experience rainfall.
“People must not panic but remain prepared for the cyclone Odisha has energed a model for the world in coping with natural disasters. The IMD has been making advanced and accurate forecast, allowing enough time for governments to begin preparations,” Mohapatra added.

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