The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) of the India Meteorological Department has issued an ‘orange’ warning for Assam and Meghalaya, asking the two states to be prepared to face some impact of the cyclone. The RMC here on Tuesday afternoon issued forecasts of light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the two states. Thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning, at isolated places have also been predicted in Assam and Meghalaya.
The rest of the northeastern states would have lesser impact, though the Met office did not rule out the feeble effect of Yaas in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
A Met office statement read that as a result of thunderstorms and lightning, strong surface winds may cause minor damage to plantation, horticulture and standing crops in some of the northeastern states. There are possibilities of damage to vulnerable structures due to gusty winds and an advisory has been issued to stay indoors.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya may impact localized flooding of roads and water logging in low lying areas. The Met office warned of minor damage to kutcha roads and localized landslides in the two adjacent states which will feel the impact of Yaas more than any other northeastern state.
In Arunachal Pradesh, light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is expected on Wednesday. Thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places are also on the cards.
Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura may escape the wrath of the cyclone, as only light to moderate rainfall at many places is predicted by IMD in these states. Thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places may occur here, too.
The IMD on Tuesday afternoon stated that the severe cyclonic storm Yaas is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensifying further into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. “It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts very close to Chandbali-Dhamra port by the early morning of Wednesday, May 26. It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island close to north of Dhamra and south of Balasore, during noon on Wednesday as a very severe cyclonic storm,” the Met office said.