Cyclone Yaas hits Orissa, wind speed near 155 km/hr

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The Cyclone Yaas, categorised as ‘very severe, crossed India’s east coast in Odisha today with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph on Wednesday, reported Asian News International (ANI).

As per the report, the cyclone then moved northwestwards and lay centered at 11:30 am over north coastal Odisha about 15 kilometers south-southwest of Balasore.

Reportedly, it has already caused massive damages in Balasore while many trees have fallen on roads and on houses due to gusty winds, resulting in the blockage of several main roads in Balasore.

“It is likely to move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a severe cyclonic storm during next 3 hours and into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 6 hours,” reported ANI quoting India Meteorological Department (IMD)

Earlier this month, Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea had affected almost all states on the western coast of India and killed 104 people.

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