Cyclone Yaas LIVE updates: West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated lakhs of people from vulnerable areas to safety as severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ is nearing the coast and is expected to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning. ‘Yaas’ is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours, the IMD said. The system has been moving north-northwestwards at a speed of 10 kmph.
Meanwhile, the South Eastern Railways has announced the cancellation of several passenger special trains till Wednesday.
Cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha with a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph, around noon on May 26, the Met department said on Monday.
Yaas is expected to be about as intense as Cyclone Tauktae which slammed into the west coast last week but tamer than Cyclone Amphan which hit Bengal exactly one year ago and for about three devastating minutes sustained wind speeds of 240 kmph. At least 80 people lost their lives.