Amphan likely to turn into ‘super cyclone’

Amphan likely to turn into ‘super cyclone’
NEW DELHI, MAY 18 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/18/2020 12:09:08 PM IST

The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ (pronounced as um-pun) is very likely to intensify further into a super cyclonic storm, the IMD has said.

It will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during the afternoon/evening of May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, the weather office said, also predicting “phenomenal” sea conditions on May 19-20.

‘Amphan’, categorised as a super cyclone, is expected to make landfall on May 20 and it is being taken seriously as this is only the second time that such a severe cyclone will hit India after 1999, NDRF chief SN Pradhan said Monday.

Pradhan said ‘Amphan’ will be an extremely severe cyclonic storm, a notch below ‘super cyclone’ category, when it makes landfall.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief said the coming cyclone is a “serious” one as it is only the second time after 1999 in Odisha that a storm hitting the country’s coast has been categorised as a ‘super cyclone’.

This is a cause of concern and the Central government is also very serious about it, he said in a video message. NDRF has already deployed a total of 37 teams in the two states apart from others that have been kept on standby.

In its latest forecast based on meterological analysis around 5.30 am, the IMD said Amphan in the past six hours moved with a speed of 13 kmph and lay centred as on May 18, over west-central and adjoining central parts of South Bay of Bengal about 790 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 940 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1060 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).

It is very likely to intensify further into a super cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to move North-North Eastwards across North West Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal — Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during afternoon/evening of May 20 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph. “The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from May 20 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 May 20 afternoon,” it said.

“Sea conditions will very high over southwest and adjoining central BoB today will become phenomenal over southern parts of central BoB from tonight, over northern parts of central and  adjoining north BoB on 19th May and over north BoB on May 20,” it said, advising fishermen not to venture out till May 20.

PM reviews measures on cyclone Amphan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to review the response measures and preparedness to tackle Cyclone Amphan, which is likely to cross West Bengal on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister, PK Sinha, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior government officials.

“Reviewed the preparedness regarding the situation due to cyclone ‘Amphan.’ The response measures as well as evacuation plans were discussed. I pray for everyone’s safety and assure all possible support from the Central Government,” he tweeted. 

The Prime Minister took full stock of the situation and reviewed the response preparedness as well as the evacuation plan presented by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a statement released by the government said.

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