Dark storm clouds rolled across Halisahar, West Bengal, on Tuesday, May 25, bringing strong winds and rain ahead of Cyclone Yaas’s expected landfall.
More than one million people had evacuated from India’s east coast as of the early hours of Wednesday, according to news reports.
On Tuesday, two people were electrocuted and at least 80 houses were damaged in the Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts due to extreme weather, according to The Times of India.
Multiple airports were closed due to expected bad weather in the region.
This video shared by Kolkata resident Niladri Talukder shows ominous clouds moving over Halisahar as the cyclone nears Paradip.
The India Meteorological Department forecast the cyclone to cross between Dhamra and Balasore on Odisha’s coast around noon on Wednesday, with wind speeds of 130 to 140 kmph (approximately 81 to 87 mph). Credit: Niladri Talukder via Storyful