New Delhi, May 26: People in Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand witnessed heavy rainfall and strong winds on Wednesday and braced for the landfall of Cyclone Yaas, a name given by Oman. The process of landfall of the Tropical Cyclone began around 9 am on May 26 which caused gusty winds of about 130 to 155 kmph. "Cyclone Yaas is crossing Odisha border, south of Balasore. It'll reach Jharkhand tomorrow morning. It caused heavy to extremely heavy rain in Odisha in past 24 hrs. North Odisha & coastal Odisha expected to receive heavy to extremely heavy rain today", IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said. Cyclone Yaas Live Tracker Map on Windy: Tropical Cyclonic Storm To Hit Odisha-West Bengal Coasts Tomorrow; Check Realtime Status Here.

As per details by Odisha Spl Relief Commissioner PK Jena, the landfall process started around 9 am on Wednesday and is expected to continue for 3-4 hours. "It's expected that by around 1 pm, tail end of cyclone will also be completely moving to landmass. It's making landfall between Dhamra and Balasore", he said. Cyclone Yaas, Gulab, Shaheen and More: Check List of Cyclone Names That Would Occur Over the North Indian Ocean Including Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.

Cyclone Yaas: What we know so far about the Tropical Cyclone 

  1. Cyclone Yaas is likely to make landfall on Wednesday, May 26, as a very severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of about 130 to 155 kmph.
  2. CycloneYaas hit the Odisha border, south of Balasore and is set to reach Jharkhand on May 27, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
  3. The landfall process of the Tropical cyclone started around 9 am on Wednesday and is expected to continue for 3-4 hours.
  4. Cyclone 'Yaas' is likely to affect three northeastern states - Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim - causing moderate to heavy rains on May 26-27, IMD officials said, adding that the intensity of rain depends on the cyclone movements.
  5. The maximum sustained wind speed of the cyclone is estimated 55 knots gusting to 65 knots around system centre. Sea condition is rough to very rough and the estimated central pressure is 982 HPA (Hectopascal Pressure Unit).
  6. In an effort to minimise casualties from severe cyclone 'Yaas', over 11.5 lakh people were evacuated from vulnerable places in West Bengal ahead of the cyclone, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed on Tuesday,
  7. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the people living in the coastal regions of Odisha to cooperate with the local administration and shift to cyclone shelters.
  8. The Indian Navy, too, has ramped up rescue and relief operations to minimise damages. As part of the preparation, two Navy Diving Teams and five flood relief teams comprising of specialized Navy personnel with associated equipment and inflatable boats, have been deployed.
  9. After 'Yaas' makes a landfall somewhere between Paradip and Sagar Island on Wednesday, it will move towards Jharkhand. Though most of West Bengal will not face the direct effect of the storm, two districts -- East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas -- will see its impact.
  10. In view of the weather warning by IMD, flight operations at Kolkata airport will be suspended from 8:30 am till 7:45 pm of May 26, according to airport administration.
  11. In view of the impending Cyclone Yaas, 38 long-distance South-bound and Kolkata-bound passenger trains were canceled from May 24 to 29, Railways Public Relations Officer (PRO) said.

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On May 24, Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of preparedness with Chief Ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal to deal with cyclonic storm Yaas (pronounced as 'Yass') in the Bay of Bengal. NDRF teams are in a high state of readiness for Cyclone Yaas.

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