Cyclone Yaas becomes ‘severe’, 165 kmph winds & heavy rain warned

Chennai: The states on India’s eastern coast are on alert ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Yaas, which has been brewing in the Bay of Bengal.

Cyclone Yaas, which is bearing down on Bengal and Odisha from the Bay of Bengal, will make landfall near Balasore coast in Odisha — 240 km from Kolkata — on 26 May noon with a thunderous wind speed of 155 kmph-165 kmph.

Cyclone Yaas, which intensified into severe cyclonic storm on Monday night, is expected to make landfall between Paradip and Sagar islands (in West Bengal) close to Balasore in Odisha early on Wednesday morning and could pack sustained winds of up to 165 kilometers per hour, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD has predicted a tidal surge of 2-4.5 metres during the landfall of Yaas, according to officials.

The IMD has said that Yaas is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ before it hits the coast. After crossing the coast on the afternoon of 26 May, it will intensify further.

 

NT Bureau