New Delhi (NVI): Cyclone Yaas has now weakened into ‘severe cyclonic storm’ after completing the process of landfall near Balasore coast of Odisha today, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
According to IMD, “It is likely to move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph during next 06 hours.”
The severe cyclonic storm ‘yaas’ (pronounced as ‘yass’) lay centred at 1330 hrs ist today over north coastal odisha near latitude 21.55°n and longitude 86.8°e, about 15 km west of balasore,the IMD said.
Wind speed will decrease gradually becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph and 0-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph during next 03 hours and during subsequent 06 hours , respectively.
Odisha is expected to receive light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over north interior odisha during next 24 hours and heavy to very falls at isolated places over coastal odisha during next 12 hours.
“Light to moderate rainfall expected at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over medinipur, jhargram, bankura and heavy falls at isolated places over south 24 parganas, purulia, nadia, murshidabad, east bardhaman, howrah, hooghly, kolkata, north 24 parganas, haldia, darjeeling, kalimpong districts on 26th may,” the IMD said.
“Jharkhand is expected to witness light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy falls at isolated places on 26th & 27th may,” it added.
Tidal waves of height 1-2 meters above astronomical tide are likely to inundate low lying areas of balasore, bhadrak, medinipur, south 24 parganas districts during next 2 hours and decrease gradually thereafter, the IMD said.