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Another cyclonic storm, ‘Yaas’ form over the Bay of Bengal, may hit the eastern coast on May 23

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Another cyclonic storm, ‘Yaas’ form over the Bay of Bengal, may hit the eastern coast on May 23

Kolkata: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of another cyclone that is forming over the Bay of Bengal and is likely likely to hit the eastern coast around May 21, a top official of the Ministry of Earth Science said on Wednesday.

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Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said a cyclone circulation is expected to form over the Bay of Bengal on May 23. “It is likely that it will intensify into a cyclone and hit the West Bengal and Odisha coast,” Rajeevan said.

Besides, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said a cyclonic circulation has been lying over the southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood between 3.1 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level.

“Southwest Monsoon likely to advance into South Andaman Sea & adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21. A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood between 3.1 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level,” IMD said.

If the cyclone forms, it will be called ‘Yaas’, a name was given by Oman.

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April-May, the pre-monsoon months, usually witness formation of cyclones on the eastern as well as the western coast.

May 2020 saw two cyclones — super cyclonic storm Amphan and severe cyclonic storm Nisarga — which hit the eastern and western coast, respectively.

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