Cyclone Amphan Intensifies Into Superstorm, Bengal And Odisha On High Alert

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Bengal and Odisha are on high alert after the cyclonic storm Amphan over central parts of South Bay of Bengal has intensified. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned that over the course of the day the storm will worsen.

“The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan’ over central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved north-north eastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours, intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today, the 18th May, 2020 over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining central Bay of Bengal near latitude 12.9°N and longitude 86.4°E, about 820 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1090 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD stated in an update on Monday morning.

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Landfall will be at locations between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rain at isolated places from May 18 evening. There will be rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on May 19 and isolated heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on May 20 is expected.

“The Coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places on 19th May. Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places & extremely heavy falls at isolated places likely over coastal districts of West Bengal on 20th May” the IMD stated.

Wind warning

The IMD warns that from May 19, wind speed will gradually increase “reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from 20th morning along and off north Odisha and West Bengal coasts. It will gradually increase thereafter along and off West Bengal coast becoming 100-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph from 20th May afternoon”.

Wind speeds are expected to reach 180 kmph over north Bay of Bengal during May 20.

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