The IMD said that a yellow warning has been issued in Odisha and West Bengal after Hurricane ‘Yaas’ slowed to the northwest and was likely to intensify the storm within 12 hours.
The department said that the cyclonic storm Yaas is likely to get crashed near Dhamra Port in the Odisha region of Badrak on Wednesday morning and on Balasore in northern Odisha at a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, producing 185 kmph, at noon on May 26, the Department said.
Yaas is expected to be as strong as Hurricane Tauktae which hit the west coast last week but erupted more than Hurricane Amphan that hit Bengal one year ago and nearly about three minutes of devastation with a wind speed of 240 kmph. At least 80 people have lost their lives.
At 11:30 am today, Hurricane Yaas was located 150 miles [220 km] southeast of Paradip. Continuous reinforcement and crossing the northern coast of Odisha-West Bengal near north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, on May 26 at noon as a very strong storm.
A cyclonic storm is most likely to move northwest, continuing to become the strongest storm within the next 12 hours. It will continue northwest, strengthening further and reaching northwest of Bengal Bay near North Odisha and West Bengal on May 26 morning.
There are 52 NDRF teams nominated by Odisha followed by 45 teams in West Bengal, which is the highest number of teams sent to Odisha and West Bengal.
Before the Yaas storm, which was predicted on May 26 in the coastal region of Odisha, the government issued a red flag for the Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Balasore counties, which could be affected by heavy rains.
‘Yaas’ is also expected to create a 2-4-meter storm on the coast of Purba Medinipur and 1-2 meters in South 24 Parganas. It is advised to all the fishermen not to go into the sea until further notice.
IMD has also warned of the demolition of thatched-roof houses, extensive damage to kutcha settlements and some damage to pucca buildings in the coastal and adjacent and inland regions of West Bengal. The MeT Department also warned against bending or breaking power poles and disrupting train services due to power cuts and display systems.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has set its top teams to be deployed to Odisha and West Bengal. The emergency services has committed 112 teams to be sent to five provinces and to the Union Territory of Andaman and the Nicobar Islands which are expected to be affected by the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. Of these, the highest of the 52 teams nominated by Odisha was followed by 45 teams in West Bengal. Other groups are located in the provinces of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and UT of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Officials quoted that the evacuation program was in full swing in the coastal districts of Odisha and that more than 50,000 people had been evacuated to shelters until noon. The process will be completed in the afternoon, long before ‘Yaas’ approaches the coast, they said.
The Yaas’ may strengthen into the Sky Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) Odisha’s Chandbali is likely to see significant damage. “The rains have started and will continue. The wind speed in the Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts will reach about 80 kmph at midnight,” said IMD Director-General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
IMD Director General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the impact of Hurricane Yaas would be severe for six hours before and after the collapse on Wednesday. “Large trees and power poles could break.