Cyclone Yaas Likely To Hit Odisha and Bengal Coast

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that Cyclone Yaas is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal around May 25 and move towards the northwest, affecting West Bengal and adjoining coasts of Odisha. If everything unfolds as predicted, the cyclone will hit the coasts on the evening of May 26.

So far, the atmospheric and oceanic conditions, sea surface temperatures are in favour of persistent cloudiness over the Andaman Sea and the adjoining areas of east-central, southeast Bay of Bengal around May 22. A low-pressure area is very likely to form in these areas.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is possible on May 22 and 23. Heavy rainfall over these areas is expected to commence from May 25 with a significant increase in spatial extension and intensity subsequently over Odisha, West Bengal, adjoining Assam and Meghalaya.

Wind speed could reach 45–55 kmph increasing up to 65 kmph over the Andaman Sea and the adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on May 23. It is very likely to increase to gale wind speed during May 24 and 26 over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and into the northern Bay of Bengal along and off Odisha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh coasts.

The sea condition is expected to be between rough to very rough from May 21 onwards.

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