Full moon, lunar eclipse may worsen Cyclone Yaas impact, says IMD

Cyclone Yaas started making landfall Wednesday morning, crossing the Indian East Coast close to Dhamra port in Odisha. This “very severe cyclonic storm” comes on a full moon day that coincides with a lunar eclipse. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the Cyclone Yaas’s post-landfall impression is likely to be worsened resulting from spring tides ensuing from the complete moon and lunar eclipse.

“The damage would be the maximum in the coastal districts of East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas,” the Hindustan Times quoted Sanjib Banerjee, deputy director, IMD Kolkata, as saying.

“The storm surge triggered by the cyclone at East Midnapore district would be 2-4 metres, while in South 24 Parganas it would be 1-2 metres. This is over and above the astronomical tide [spring tide],” mentioned Banerjee.

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Meanwhile, 5 sub-divisions and blocks of West Bengal and 4 of Odisha are anticipated to be inundated resulting from Cyclone Yaas. The motive behind such a excessive storm surge is partially resulting from full-moon exercise, in keeping with Met division officers.

The motive behind such a excessive storm surge can be partially resulting from full-moon exercise, in keeping with Met division officers. (Photo: India Today)

WHAT ARE SPRING TIDES?

“When the brand new moon or full moon intently aligns with perigee — the closest level to Earth within the moon’s orbit — then we have a supermoon and extra-large spring tides,” Earthsky says.

According to the report, on a brand new moon or full moon day, the tide’s vary is at its most and is named the spring tide — the very best (and lowest) tide.

CYCLONE YAAS LANDFALL AND FULL-MOON ACTIVITY

Cyclone Yaas landfall started close to Dhamra port in Odisha at 9.15 am on Wednesday, at the same time as robust winds and heavy tides noticed seawater ingress in lots of coastal cities and villages in Odisha and West Bengal forward of the landfall.

The landfall course of has begun and can take 3-4 hours to finish the method. The most impression will likely be in Balasore and Bhadrak district, information company PTI quoted Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena saying.

Cyclone Yaas landfall begun close to Dhamra port in Odisha at 9.15 am on Wednesday . (Photo:India Today)

The lunar eclipse, alternatively, will start at round 3.15 pm in India. The whole part of the eclipse will finish at 4.58 pm, whereas the partial eclipse part will finish at 6.23 pm. This eclipse will likely be a mixture of a full Moon, a bloodmoon, and a complete lunar eclipse.

PREPAREDNESS AHEAD OF CYCLONE

About 404 rescue groups together with 52 from the NDRF, 60 from the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), 205 Fire service groups and 86 teams of tree-cutters have been deployed within the weak districts of Odisha, PTI reported.

West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh too have deployed giant numbers of catastrophe aid personnel, police and fireplace brigade for rescue operations.

The Eastern Command of the Indian Army, on requisition, can be working in coordination with the West Bengal authorities and has deployed a complete of 17 cyclone aid columns, comprising specialised military personnel with related gear and inflatable boats.

The Indian Army assist shopkeepers in Digha in West Bengal amd water logging. (Photo: Tapas Bairy/India Today)

Meanwhile, at the very least two individuals have been electrocuted to dying and round 80 homes partly broken after a storm, which West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee described as a “tornado”, hit Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts on Tuesday.

LUNAR ECLIPSE TODAY

The whole lunar eclipse occurring on Wednesday will likely be seen in a number of international locations because the Moon turns right into a bloodmoon. The whole part of the May 26 Lunar Eclipse will end at 4.58 pm, while the partial phase will end at 6.23 pm.

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the partial part of the eclipse will start at 3.15 pm in India. The whole part of the eclipse will finish at 4.58 pm, whereas the partial part ends at 6.23 pm.

The lunar eclipse happens on a full moon day when the Earth is available in between the Sun and the Moon and when all of the three objects are aligned.

(With inputs from PTI)

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