Cyclone Yaas has intensified into severe cyclonic storm. It is expected to make landfall early Wednesday.
The sea has remained rough. The Met office has predicted a tidal surge of 3/4 feet from the normal tide.
According to Met office, maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant warning signal number two. All fishing boats and trawlers over the north Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter and remain in shelter until further notice.
Around 6am on Tuesday, the severe cyclonic storm was centred about 575 km south-southwest of Chattogram port, 520 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar, 515 km south-southwest of Mongla port and 480 km south-southwest of Payra port, the Met office said in a special bulletin.
Due to favourable atmospheric conditions, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to intensify further, move in a north-northwesterly direction and may reach the northwest Bay by May 26 early morning, it said.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the severe cyclone centre is about 89 kmph rising to 117 kmph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain high near the centre of the severe cyclone, the Met office said.
According to Indian media, the states on India’s eastern coast are on alert ahead of the landfall of cyclone Yaas, which has been brewing in the Bay of Bengal.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas is going to intensity into a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours. “The severe cyclonic storm Yaas over east-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 9 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 9 UTC of May 24 over east-central Bay of Bengal,” IMD said in its bulletin.
“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach northwest Bay of Bengal near North Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning,” the weather agency said.
It also stated that Cyclone Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of May 26 as a “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm”. The maximum sustained wind speed is 55 knots gusting to 65 knots around system centre. Sea condition is rough to very rough, it stated.