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Cyclone Yaas: Storm likely to reach Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 morning

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NEW DELHI: As another cyclonic storm brews over the North Andaman Sea-East Central Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department on Thursday updated its forecast and said the weather system will now hit Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 (Wednesday) morning. As per the last IMD update, the storm was likely to hit land on the evening of May 26.

“A low-pressure area is very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal around May 22. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach near Odisha-West Bengal coasts around May 26 morning,” the IMD said in a bulletin.

The IMD said the low-pressure area is likely to intensify into a Depression around May 23.

According to the weather department, light to moderate rainfall is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal’s coastal districts starting May 25.

“Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely to commence in the coastal districts of West Bengal from May 25 with the significant increase in spatial extension and intensity subsequently over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal,” the forecast said.


The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture out into the open seas from May 21 to 27.

“Sea conditions will be rough to very rough over Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal on May 23, high to very high over major parts of Central Bay of Bengal during May 24-26 and into North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha–West Bengal coasts during May 25-27,” the IMD said.

“The fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast Bay of Bengal and south Andaman Sea from May 21 onwards, into central Bay of Bengal from May 23–25 May and into north Bay of Bengal and along and off West Bengal–Odisha–Bangladesh coasts from May 24–27. Those who are out in the Deep Sea are advised to return to the coast by May 23,” it added.

In West Bengal, the state government has advised all District Magistrates to take urgent measures in view of the approaching cyclone. Further, round the clock control rooms will start functioning in the state from Friday.

At a virtual meeting yesterday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed senior government officials to make arrangements for adequate stock of medicines, drinking water, dry food and tarpaulins.

"All cyclone centres and shelters have been asked to be readied. The district magistrates have been directed to take all precautionary measures in the wake of the warnings," an official said.

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