Deep Depression Forms Over BoB, To Intensify Into Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ Today

Bhubaneswar: The Depression over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards and intensified into a Deep Depression last night and lay centred
at about 600 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 540 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 650 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 630 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal).

It is very likely to move slowly north-northwestwards and intensify into a
Cyclonic Storm by today and further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during
the subsequent 24 hours.

It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by the morning of May 26. It is very likely to cross north Odisha – West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands by the evening of May 26 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.

Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall is to occur at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall in the north coastal districts of Odisha on May 25, heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy falls in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar on May 26 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north interior Odisha on May 27.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over south coastal districts of Odisha during May 25 and 26.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting 60 kmph is very likely to prevail over
North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha – West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts from
the evening of May 24. It would increase gradually becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from the evening of May 25.

It would further increase becoming gale wind speed 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from early hours of May 26 over northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off West Bengal & north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts.

It would gradually increase further becoming 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph from morning of May 26 and increase thereafter becoming 160-170 kmph gusting to 190 kmph at the time of landfall till the afternoon of May 26.