IMD issues orange coded weather alert for Assam-Meghalaya

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An orange coded weather alert has been issued for Assam and Meghalaya for May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, predicting very heavy rainfall in these two north-eastern states.

India Meteorological Department, Shillong said, “For these two days IMD is issuing an orange warning, we are predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places of Meghalaya….infact the entire state is likely to receive rainfall.”

Asked, West Garo Hills District Magistrate Ram Singh said, “We have a video Conferencing with the state Disaster Management authority tomorrow (Tuesday).”

According to the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD),  “.. Assam & Meghalaya: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya on 26th& 27th May.”

The cyclonic storm Yaas (pronounced as ‘Yass’) over East-central Bay of Bengal moved northwest wards with a speed of 2 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered at 08:30 AM on Monday, May 24 over East-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.4°N and longitude 89.6°E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 530 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 630 km south-southeast of Balasore (Odisha) and 620 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal).

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours, and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. It would continue to move north-northwest wards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26, early morning. It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around noon of May 26 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.