Cyclone Amphan to turn into 'Super Cyclone' in next 12 hours


Cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm at 2:30 am on Monday, it is expected to further intensify into a super cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours.


The IMD has earlier stated that Amphan is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh between afternoon and evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm.

While speaking to News Agency ANI, Mrutyunjaya Mohapatra, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General, said:

 "It will move towards north-northeast direction and cross Digha (West Bengal)-Hathiya island (Bangladesh) on the afternoon/evening of 20th May with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph."

"It's very likely to move north-northeastwards and move fast across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal - Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during afternoon/evening of 20th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm”, IMD has stated.

 IMD has issued a rainfall warning for the next four days in the light of very severe cyclonic storm Amphan, for isolated places over the district of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. 

"Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur Kendrapara and MayurBhanj and isolated heavy rainfall likely over Cuttack, Khurda and Puri of Odisha “, said IMD. 

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the South Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours, to the central Bay of Bengal during 17-18 May and into North Bay of Bengal during 18-20 May 2020.

"North Odisha coast will face the maximum impact of AMPHAN, when it makes landfall. Wind speed expected to be 110-120 kmph, gusting up to 130 kmph. Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj district can be affected on 20 May(when it makes landfall), said Umashankar Das, Scientist, IMD Bhubaneswar.

Amphan formed over as deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal and remained practically stationary during on Saturday evening before rapidly intensifying into the cyclonic storm.

 It lay centred about 980km south of Paradip in Odisha, 1,130 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 1,250 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.



With inputs from ANI

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