CYCLONE YAAS UPDATE: Extremely heavy rain is forecast on May 26 and 27 over Murshidabad, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia, and Bardhaman districts.
Districts along with northern Odisha and adjoining West Bengal are bracing for a storm early in the week. this may be the second cyclone to hit the Indian coast within ten days after Cyclone Tauktae which crossed Gujarat on May 17.
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Currently, a system is developing within the east-central Bay of Bengal. On Sunday morning, it became a depression (wind speed 45 to 55 km/hr gusting to 65 km/hr) and was located 560 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 590 km east-southeast of Paradip, and 690 km south-southeast of Balasore in Odisha.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the system will intensify into a cyclonic storm by Monday morning. Once realised, it’ll be called cyclone Yaas, named by Oman and signifies a tree bearing fragrant flowers.
Further, the cyclone will move north-northwestwards because it further strengthens to make a ‘Very Severe’ cyclone before hitting along the north Odisha – West Bengal coast, somewhere on the brink of Paradip and Sagar islands round the evening hours of May 26.
North Odisha districts including Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj will receive moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday with the rainfall intensity increasing to very heavy category on Wednesday.
Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, and Hooghly districts of West Bengal are warned of heavy to very heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Extremely heavy rain is forecast on May 26 and 27 over Murshidabad, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia and Bardhaman districts, here.
Gale winds with speeds touching up to 80km/hr are presumably over Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts from Monday evening which can increase and continue till May 26 evening.