Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Very severe cyclonic storm Cyclone ‘Yaas’ started processing for landfall at around 9 am, which will continue till next three hours for completion.
Speaking to media, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said “The landfall process has just commenced at around 9 am which will continue for the next three hours. The very severe cyclonic storm is crossing north Odisha coast to the south of Balasore as predicted earlier.”
The maximum sustained wind speed associated with the cyclone during the landfall at present is 130-140 kmph gusting up to 150kmph, he added.
The wind speed will continue for next three hours and thereafter, it will gradually decrease as the cyclone will move into the land, the IMD chief informed.
With a gradual decline, the wind speed will become 60-70 kmph by tomorrow morning over south-east Jharkhand and adjoining north Odisha and West Bengal.
Similarly, the damaging wind of 100-120 kmph can be expected over interior parts of North Odisha like Mayurbhanj and adjoining interior districts of west Bengal like West Medinapur, Jhargram and Purulia, he maintained.
“Along the West Bengal coast, we can have a wind speed of 100-120 kmph gusting upto 130 kmph over east Medinapur and 24 Pragana till this evening. Thereafter, it will decrease,” Mohapatra said.
Districts like Bhadrak and Balasore in north Odisha is currently witnessing winds of 120-130kmph gusting upto 150 kmph. However, winds are relatively less in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts, he said further.
The wind speed could be around 60-90 kmph as the cyclone will be moving in north-westwards after the completion of landfall towards Jharkhand.
Under the influence of the cyclone, there will heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over coastal district especially north coastal districts of Odisha today. The rainfall activities will decrease from tomorrow (May 27).
Similarly, the Gangetic West Bengal and South Jharkhand will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall today, he said.
The top weather expert further pointed out that the sea condition is phenomenal at present over north Bay of Bengal and the condition will remain the same till tomorrow morning before improving further for various marine activities.
Appealing to the people to stay in safe places or government cyclone centres, the IMD chief said that people should not venture out of the safe houses till the threat of cyclone is over.
“Those who are staying in safe cyclone shelters should not come out till the threat of cyclone is over. I appeal all who are staying in cyclone shelters to keep calm and cooperate with each other. They should listen to the official warning only and ignored any rumors,” Mohapatra said.