Cyclone Yaas to hit West Bengal-Odisha coast by May 26, says IMD

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As a remnant of ‘Tauktae’ entered North India, bringing widespread rains to many parts of the region on Wednesday, a low-pressure area is likely to form in the Bay of Bengal around May 22 that will develop into a cyclonic storm on May 25 to reach the West Bengal-Odisha coasts around May 26 evening. 

Experts say tropical cyclones are becoming fiercer, quicker, and frequent due to climate change. 

Even as the western coast continued to reel under the impact of the fury of rains and winds, the effect of ‘Tuaktae’ was felt as far as northwest India where its remnant interacted with a western disturbance on Wednesday to bring “fairly widespread to widespread rains in the region”.

Heavy to very heavy rains were experienced in Uttarakhand along with Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, northeast Rajasthan, and north Madhya Pradesh, the IMD said. It will move further into Uttar Pradesh before dissipating in the next 48 hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said that a low-pressure area is very likely to form over the north Andaman Sea and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal around 22 May and it holds the potential to intensify into a cyclonic storm.

“Low-pressure area is very likely to form over the north Andaman Sea and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal around 22nd May,” said IMD.

The National Disaster Management Authority issued a warning for fishermen to return to shore.

“New Low-Pressure area likely to form in Bay of Bengal around 22 May To intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and reach West Bengal and Odisha Coast by 26 May. Sea conditions remain rough in Bay of Bengal from 21 May onwards. Fishermen requested to return to shore,” said NDMA.

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