Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department today predicted during the landfall of Cyclone Yaas, wind speed is likely to be up to 185 kmph till May 26 afternoon.
As per the latest weather bulletin issued by the IMD, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting 60 kmph is very likely to prevail over North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha – West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts from May 24 evening.
It would increase gradually becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from May 25 evening. It would further increase becoming gale wind speed 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from May 26 early hours over northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off West Bengal and north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts.
It would gradually increase further becoming 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph from May 26 morning and increase thereafter becoming 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph at the time of landfall till May 26 afternoon.
The IMD weather bulletin added light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall in the north coastal districts on May 25, heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy falls in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj and heavy to very heavy falls at a few places in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur and Keonjhar on May 26 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north interior Odisha on May 27.
Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over south coastal districts of Odisha during May 25 and May 26.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely over north interior districts of Odisha, interior districts of Gangetic West Bengal during May 26 evening to May 27 morning, the IMD bulletin added.