The aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae that ravaged Gujarat and Maharashtra, another cyclonic storm, Cyclone Yaas, is closing in on the eastern coast.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said a Low pressure area has formed over east central Bay of Bengal this morning (0830 hrs IST).
It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central Bay of Bengal by tomorrow morning. It is very likely move north-northwestwards, intensify into a Cyclonic Storm by May 24 and further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours.
It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach North Bay of Bengal near West Bengal – north Odisha coasts around 26th May morning.
It is very likely to cross West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha & Bangladesh coasts around evening of May 26. The Centre has issued warnings for both Odisha and West Bengal ahead of the cyclonic storm’s projected impact on May 26.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the senior government officials and the district administrations to make all the necessary arrangements to tackle the cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’, which is likely to hit the coastal areas of the state between May 23 and May 26.
The Regional Meteorological Department has predicted that super cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall in the Sundarban areas of the state between May 23 and May 26 and possibly move towards Bangladesh.