Bhubaneswar: With very severe cyclone Yaas about to hit Odisha-West Bengal coasts in few hours, the Regional Meteorological Department has issued more updates on the forecast and impact of the storm so far.
Met Centre Scientist Umashankar Dash briefed newsmen on the extent of rainfall received by various stations in the northern pocket of the State where the cyclone will have the maximum impact. As per latest records available, Chandbali has received 273 mm, the highest amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Paradip as recorded 197 mm of rainfall, Balasore 51 and Bhubaneswar 49 mm of rainfall during the period.
The Met department has indicated that the intensity of the storm has decreased with its sustained wind speed range lowered down from 155 to 165 kmph to between 130 to 140 kmph. Dash attributes the interaction of cyclone periphery with the landmass especially regions like Dhamra and Bhitarkanika with its large face of coastline dotted with mangrove forests bulging out into the sea.
Massive storm surge has been predicted for some places like Mohanpur in Bhadrak where the sea water may ingress 9 km into the landmass. Dash said that surge of 1.5 metre to 3.8 metre likely in the area when the wind speed hits peak during landfall. The reason behind such high storm surge is also partially due to full-moon activity, he said.