Cyclone Yaas brews in Bay

Staff Correspondent

22 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A tropical cyclone is likely to form over North Andaman Sea and the adjoining east central Bay of Bengal.

A low may be formed on May 22. It may intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24, according to a cyclone bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday.

If the cyclone is formed, it is likely to make landfall in the Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal and Khulna coast of Bangladesh on May 26.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) also gave the cyclone alert message on Friday and said it is likely to move northwestwards and reach near Odisha, West Bengal of India and Khulna coasts of Bangladesh on around May 26.

If it is formed, it will be the first over the Bay of Bengal this year. Once the cyclone forms, it will acquire the name YAAS, given by Oman.

IMD further said, “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 25th evening with significant increase in spatial extension and intensity subsequently over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal. “

“Squally wind speed reaching 45–55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over Andaman Sea & adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal on 23rd May. It is very likely to increase becoming 50–60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 23rd May and further becoming Gale wind speed during 24th – 26th May over major parts of central Bay of Bengal and into North Bay of Bengal and along & off Odisha – West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts during 25th – 27th May.”