Cyclone Yaas intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday evening, India Meteorological Department Director General M Mohapatra said, even as the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand aggressively evacuated over 12 lakh people to storm shelters by late evening. The IMD also issued a red-coded warning alert to the Odisha and West Bengal coasts. “The severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ (pronounced as ‘Yass’) over northwest and Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm,” Mohapatra said.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall are expected at most places in Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, informed the IMD. The MeT department has also predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in these states. IMD earlier informed that the cyclone is “very likely” to reach near north Odisha coast close to Bhadrak’s Dhamra port by the early morning of May 26.
Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates
09:35 am: West Bengal: Water from the sea enters residential areas along New Digha Sea Beach in East Midnapore
09:26 am: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas centered about 50 km South-Southeast of Balasore (Odisha). The landfall process has commenced around 9 am, says IMD
09:04 am: Rain and gusty winds hit Odisha’s Bhadrak district
08:48 am: Some fishermen seen near the sea, even as it turns turbulent in Gopalpur of Ganjam district in wake of cyclone Yaas
08:42 am: Rain lashes Kolkata city
08:31 am: The Indian Navy has stepped up and made all necessary arrangements for the rescue and relief operations. “INS Chilka at Khurda has stepped up and made all necessary arrangements, to coordinate the rescue and relief operations in close liaison with State Government agencies with the support of Headquarters Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam,” informed an official release by Indian Navy
08:23 am: Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall by noon on Wednesday with a wind speed of about 130 to 155 kmph, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD), adding that it currently lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal. “We are expecting ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ Cyclone Yaas to make landfall by noon today with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting 155 kmph,” Umashankar Das, senior scientist at the IMD, Bhubaneswar said.
08:05 am: West Bengal’s Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas experiences a weather change, receives light to moderate rainfall and wind
07:59 am: Odisha’s Chandipur, Balasore witness heavy rainfall and strong winds
07:35 am: Odisha’s Paradeep experiences strong winds & heavy rainfall
07:23 am: Strong winds and heavy rain hit Dhamra in Bhadrak, Odisha
07:11 am: Cyclone Yaas lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 20.8°N and longitude 87.3°E, about 40 km east of Dhamra (Odisha), 90 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 90 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), says IMD
07:08 am: Video: Sea turns rough at Digha in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal
07:00 am: Sea turns rough at Digha in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal
06:46 am: Strong winds coupled with heavy showers lash Odisha’s Dhamra
06:15 am: Cyclone Yaas ‘very likely’ to move north-northwestwards to reach near north Odisha coast close to the north of Dhamra and south of Balasore by noon today, as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph (issued at 0300 hrs): India Meteorological Department (IMD)