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Cyclone Yaas building up in Bay of Bengal, likely to hit Odisha and West Bengal around May 25-27
The severity of Cyclone Yaas (misspelled as Yash) has taken the internet by storm as people have started panicking after the damage Cyclone Tauktae has left
Days after Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of destruction along the western coast, another cyclone named ‘Yass’ which is rumoured to be more powerful than Amphan is building up in the Bay of Bengal. A top official of the Ministry of Earth Science on Wednesday said that the cyclone is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal and expected to hit the eastern coast around May 27. The official further said that the cyclone might not be as severe as cyclone Tauktae, which intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm.
Speaking to the media, M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said a cyclone circulation is expected to form over the Bay of Bengal on May 23. “It is likely that it will intensify into a cyclone and hit the West Bengal and Odisha coast,” Rajeevan said.
Earlier in the day, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that a low-pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to reach West Bengal – Odisha coasts around May 26.
“Southwest Monsoon likely to advance into South Andaman Sea and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21. A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood between 3.1 km and 5.8 km above mean sea level,” added IMD.
The severity of Cyclone Yaas (misspelled as Yash) has taken the internet by storm as people have started panicking after the damage Cyclone Tauktae has left along the western coast. Many netizens have even started sharing memes about the two back-to-back cyclones hitting the country.
Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Kolkata said that that no such warning had been issued. A release issued by the departement said, “As of now, we have only issued a statement about a low-pressure trough likely to form over east central Bay of Bengal and its adjoining area around May 23. We are closely monitoring the development of this system.”
April-May, the pre-monsoon months, usually witness the formation of cyclones on the eastern as well as the western coast. May 2020 saw two cyclones — super cyclonic storm Amphan and severe cyclonic storm Nisarga — which hit the eastern and western coast, respectively.