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  • Yaas will turn into very severe cyclonic storm in next few hours 

  • Cyclone Yaas will cause maximum damage in Dhamra and Chandbali north of Bhadrak and south of Balasore districts in Odisha, says IMD

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Yaas is likely to hit Odisha's coastline between Balasore and Bhadrak district somewhere near Dhamra in the morning of May 26, the Director-General of India Meteorological Department Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed OTV while pinpointing the impact of the storm which will turn into very severe cyclone category before making landfall.

The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ (pronounced as ‘Yass’) over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph during past 6 hours, and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 25th May, 2021 over Eastcentral & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 18.0°N and longitude 88.6°E, about 320 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 430 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 420 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), the IMD said in its latest bulletin.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts very close to Chandbali-Dhamra port by the early morning of Wednesday, the 26th May.

As per the present model forecast, the cyclone will cause extensive damage in Dhamra and Chandbali areas  of the coastal districts while crossing the coast by May 26 noon, said Mohapatra. The entire area spanning Paradip in Odisha and Sagar Islands in West Bengal will come under the direct impact of the cyclone .

Wind speed in four districts Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara will touch 60 to 80 kmph from today evening and will rise up to 150 to 160 kmph by May 26 morning. Gusty wind with speed around 100 to 120 kmph gusting to 145 kmph also likely to blow in Mayurbhanj and 80 to 90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph in other adjoining districts like Cuttack, Jajpur, Puri and Khordha during the peak hours of the cyclone. Wind speed reaching 60-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph also likely along and off Ganjam and remaining interior districts of north Odisha.

The IMD chief ruled out any chance of recurve in the track of cyclone be it tilting towards Paradip or moving towards West Bengal. He also informed that the wind, rain and impact of Cyclone Yaas will be comparatively less than ESCS Fani which barrelled through the east coast of Odisha near Puri two years ago with wind speed over 200 kmph.

Tidal waves of height 2-4 meters above astronomical tide are likely to inundate low lying areas of Balasore, Bhadrak and about 2 meters above astronomical tide are likely to inundate low lying areas of Kendrapara & Jagatsinghpur Districts around the time of landfall.

Red warning with heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted for districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur. Similarly, Orange warning with heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast has been issued for districts of Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khordha & Puri till the morning of May 26.

Red warning has been sounded for the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal where there is likelohood of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy fall at some other places tomorrow. Likewise, heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Anugul, Deogarh, Khurdha, Puri and Sundergarh on May 26, the IMD has said in its bulletin.