Bhubaneswar: Very severe Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ has begun the process of landfall between Dharma and south of Balasore near Bahanaga block around 9 am, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said. The landfall process is likely to continue for the next 3-4 hours.
However, unlike the earlier predictions, the cyclone has been slightly weakened during the landfall. In its earlier predictions, IMD had said that the wind speed would be between 155-165 kilometre per hour (kmh) and gusting 185 kmh. However, current wind speed is around 130-140 kmh.
Earlier, the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) has predicted that cyclone ‘Yaas’(02B) has already weakened and would make landfall near the mouth of Budhabalanga River. After landfall the cyclone will weaken further due to interaction with the rugged terrain.
“Environmental analysis indicates tc 02b is now under an area of weaker outflow aloft and moderate vertical wind shear (15-20kts) which will contribute to gradual weakening as the storm interacts with the land. After making landfall near the mouth of the estuary of budhabalanga river, india, the system will rapidly decay due to interaction with the rugged terrain and fully dissipate by tau 36” read the JTWC report.