Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department on Thursday issued an alert confirming likelihood on formation of a low pressure area over north Andaman Sea and adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal around May 22 and its gradual intensification into a cyclonic storm by May 24.
The weather forecasting agency has issued a warning that light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence from 25th May over coastal districts of Odisha with a significant increase in intensity and also spatial extension subsequently.
This apart, squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over Andaman Sea & adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May. It is very likely to increase becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 23rd May and further becoming Gale wind speed 65 to 75 gusting to 85 kmph from 24th May over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and would increase gradually till 25th May, 2021.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 gusting 60kmph is very likely to prevail over North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha — West Bengal coasts from 25th evening and would increase gradually till 26th May, 2021, the IMD said in its latest bulletin today.
Sea conditions will be rough to very rough over Andaman Sea & adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May, High to very high over major parts of central Bay of Bengal during 24th — 26th May and into north Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha — West Bengal coasts during 25th — 27th May, the IMD said.
Fishermen have been asked not to venture into deep sea area of central Bay of Bengal from 23rd — 25th May and into north Bay of Bengal along & off Odisha coast from 24th — 27th May 2021. Fishermen, those who are out in the Deep Sea are advised to return to the coast by 23rd May, 2021.
Meanwhile, IMD Cyclone Centre Chief RK Jenamani informed OTV exclusively through a telephonic conversation that Cyclone Yaas may be a severe or extremely severe category storm. Under its impact, coastal Odisha especially the Northern part of the State coastline might start to see rain from May 25.
Jenamani said that the probable intensity of the cyclone can only be ascertained on May 22 while its track & place of landfall can be predicted on May 23. But the models predict that North Odisha districts are likely to get more affected by the storm.