After Tauktae, ‘Cyclone Yaas’ forming in Bay of Bengal; likely to hit India’s east coast

Just after Cyclone Tauktae lashed the country’s west coast for over three days, another cyclone is heading towards India, this time along the east coast. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Yaas is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal and hit the east coast by around May 25.

As per the statement released by IMD on Wednesday, it has been revealed that a low-pressure system could take birth within the next 48 hours and holds the potential to intensify into a cyclone.

The cyclone named ‘Yaas’ (if formed), which means ‘despair’ or ‘disappointment’ in Arabic is likely to hit the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal with heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places from the evening of May 25.

RK Jenamani, Senior Scientist at IMD said, “A cyclonic system was developing in the Bay of Bengal near the Andaman Sea. On May 22, the cyclonic circulation will start as a system. The next day, it will start moving in a north and north-west direction.”

It is being predicted that heavy rainfall along the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is going to take place on May 22 and 23. The rainfalls will then commence over Odisha, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Assam from May 25.

Reports suggest that the chances of a cyclone developing in the Bay of Bengal’s south-central area are extremely strong. Although, it is difficult to assess the cyclone category as it is yet to be formed. However, it is being reported that the possibility of the cyclone being an extreme or super cyclone is high.

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