Cyclone Yaas has crossed the Odisha border south of Balasore and will reach Jharkhand on Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today. IMD Director General of Meteorology Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that the cyclone caused heavy to extremely heavy rain in Odisha in the past 24 hours and northern and coastal parts of the state are expected to receive heavy rainfall. The cyclone, estimated 120-140 Km per hour wind speed made landfall around 9 am on Wednesday between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand, which was put on high alert, continued evacuating low-lying areas on Wednesday amid the forecast that cyclone Yaas would be hitting the state by midnight after pounding neighbouring Odisha and West Bengal, officials said. Operations are being executed on war-footing in the vulnerable areas in East and West Singhbhum, besides some other districts, in view of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas, Disaster Management Secretary Amitabh Kaushal said.
Cyclone Yaas: Highlights
8:00 pm: Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar became operational for flights from 7:00pm on today. Earlier, it was to be shut till 5 am on May 27 due to cyclone Yaas: Director, Bhubaneswar Airport
7:32 pm: West Bengal | Indian Coast Guard response team rescues about 100 stranded people through air cushion vehicle in Nayachara village. Rescue operation also underway at Contai
6:30 pm: West Bengal: NDRF says it rescued three people from drowning in the lake in Satilpur village of East Medinipur district during super Cyclone Yaas today
06:14 pm: A&N Islands, Odisha & West Bengal were much-affected places due to #CycloneYaas. It'll have impact on Jharkhand today & tomorrow. Odisha recorded highest rainfall & sea waves of 2-4 m high were recorded in North Odisha & adjoining districts of WB: IMD DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
06:14 pm: We recorded huge rainfall in Yaas cyclone. Storm surge of 2-4m is estimated in Midnapore, Balasore & Badhrak dists. In Gulf of Khambhat starting from Diu 3-4m high Storm surge is predicted. The track length of Tautae was 1800km while cyclone Yaas' track length is 1000 km: IMD DG
4:55 pm: Now, rainfall is continuing in pockets in Nilagiri area of Balasore. Highest rainfall recorded was 304mm in Similipal area. We expect some bit of flash floods which may not be major. Collector Mayurbhanj started evacuation from areas adjacent to Budhabalanga river. As per lastest report, they've already evacuated more than 1.05 lakh people & it's going on. We're keeping a close watch on wind velocity & damage in Mayurbhanj. We've seen large-scale uprooting of trees. Roads are being cleared continuously. There's not been much damage to electrical infrastructure in Jajpur, Kendrapara & Jagatsinghpur districts. Restoration process started & electricity dept also started safety checks of feeders. Adequate teams are available on field for road clearance & restoration: Pradeep K Jena
4:46 pm: Cyclone Yaas has completed the landfall process. it started around 9 am & around 1 pm information received from Collector Balasore as well as Bhadrak that wind has subsided in all the coastal zones. Wind velocity has substantially come down in Balasore & northwest of Balasore Now, wind velocity is increasing towards Nilagiri & then towards Mayurbhanj. There has been extensive rainfall in last 24 hrs: Pradeep K Jena, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner
03:59 pm: Odisha | Heavy rain damages Jamujhadi Road in Bhadrak district. Road restoration work is underway.
03:30 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to visit East Midnapore on May 28 to assess situation.
03:16 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds review meeting with District Magistrates, Disaster Management Committee, and other officials in view of Cyclone Yaas, in Nabanna.
03:03 pm: Relief work underway due to heavy rainfall under the impact of Cyclone Yaas with NDRF and fire team clearing uprooted trees from roads, in Dhamra.
02:49 pm: Cyclone Yaas has complete the process of landfall. Rainfall will continue till tomorrow. Fishermen are advised not to venture till tomorrow morning because the sea condition going to be rough, says Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, Meteorological Centre Bhubaneswar
02:14 pm: Over 15 lakh people evacuated, moved to safety, says Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
02:03 pm: Cyclone Yaas pounded the beach towns in north Odisha and West Bengal as it hit the coast around 9 am with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge, officials said. It is likely to move to Jharkhand with a lesser intensity by midnight, they said
01:59 pm: Odisha: Fishing boats at Paradeep jetty damaged due to Cyclone Yaas
01:45 pm: Jagatsinghpur ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) team clearing roads in Paradeep Municipal area
01:23 pm: Cyclone Yaas is likely to move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 3 hours and into cyclonic storm during subsequent 6 hours: India Meteorological Department
01:12 pm: Cyclone Yaas has crossed north Odisha coast about 20 km south of Balasore from 10:30 am to 11:30 am today with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph. It then moved northwestwards & lay centred at 11:30 am over north coastal Odisha about 15 km south-southwest of Balasore: IMD
12:56 pm: Jharkhand: Ranchi experiences a change in weather
12:29 pm: Six flights, including three departures, have been cancelled at the Mumbai airport, in view of cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal
12:01 pm: Cyclone Yaas pounded the beach towns in north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal as it hit the coast around 9 am on Wednesday with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge. The location of the landfall was north of Dhamra in Odisha's Bhadrak district and 50 km south of Balasore, close to Bahanaga block, on the coast, they said
11:20 am: West Bengal: Turbulent sea and strong winds witnessed in Digha of Purba Medinipur district
10:45 am: To provide immediate support to people in the emerging situation due to Cyclone Yaas, briefing, joint recce, liaison and coordination with West Bengal govt has been completed. Rescue and Relief columns are pre-positioned across areas expected to be affected for an immediate response, says Indian Army
10:41 am: Odisha: Water from the sea floods the residential areas in Dhamra of Bhadrak district
10:27 am: The landfall process started around 9 o'clock and is expected to continue for 3-4 hrs. It's expected that by around 1 pm, the tail end of the cyclone will also be completely moving to the landmass. It's making landfall between Dhamra and Balasore. It'll continue to move in Balasore dist till afternoon, after which it will enter Mayurbhanj dist. Wind speed is estimated to be around 120-140 km per hr. It is expected that this wind speed will continue in Balasore dist around 120-140 km per hour. In the Mayurbhanj district, the wind speed is expected to be around 100-110 km per hour. After that, it will gradually slow down: Odisha Spl Relief Commissioner
09:35 am: West Bengal: Water from the sea enters residential areas along New Digha Sea Beach in East Midnapore
09:26 am: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas centered about 50 km South-Southeast of Balasore (Odisha). The landfall process has commenced around 9 am, says IMD
09:04 am: Rain and gusty winds hit Odisha's Bhadrak district
08:48 am: Some fishermen seen near the sea, even as it turns turbulent in Gopalpur of Ganjam district in wake of cyclone Yaas
08:42 am: Rain lashes Kolkata city
08:31 am: The Indian Navy has stepped up and made all necessary arrangements for the rescue and relief operations. "INS Chilka at Khurda has stepped up and made all necessary arrangements, to coordinate the rescue and relief operations in close liaison with State Government agencies with the support of Headquarters Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam," informed an official release by Indian Navy
08:23 am: Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall by noon on Wednesday with a wind speed of about 130 to 155 kmph, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD), adding that it currently lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal. "We are expecting 'very severe cyclonic storm' Cyclone Yaas to make landfall by noon today with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting 155 kmph," Umashankar Das, senior scientist at the IMD, Bhubaneswar said.
08:05 am: West Bengal's Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas experiences a weather change, receives light to moderate rainfall and wind
07:59 am: Odisha's Chandipur, Balasore witness heavy rainfall and strong winds
07:35 am: Odisha's Paradeep experiences strong winds & heavy rainfall
07:23 am: Strong winds and heavy rain hit Dhamra in Bhadrak, Odisha
07:11 am: Cyclone Yaas lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 20.8°N and longitude 87.3°E, about 40 km east of Dhamra (Odisha), 90 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 90 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha), says IMD
07:08 am: Video: Sea turns rough at Digha in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal
07:00 am: Sea turns rough at Digha in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal
06:46 am: Strong winds coupled with heavy showers lash Odisha's Dhamra
06:15 am: Cyclone Yaas 'very likely' to move north-northwestwards to reach near north Odisha coast close to the north of Dhamra and south of Balasore by noon today, as a 'very severe cyclonic storm' with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph (issued at 0300 hrs): India Meteorological Department (IMD)