19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj have been put on alert as rainfall has commenced across Odisha and is expected to gradually increase and become maximum during the night of May 19 to the afternoon of May 20.
The latest bulletin from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) shared the prediction. It said the Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan lays over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past six hours and lay centred over Westcentral Bay of Bengal about 470 km nearly south of Paradip, 620 km south-southwest of Digha, West Bengal and 740 km south-southwest of Khepupara, Bangladesh.
It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across Northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha, West Bengal and Hatiya Islands, Bangladesh close to Sundarbans during the Afternoon / Evening of 20th May 2020 with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Accordingly, till 8.30 am tomorrow, light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at most places over the districts of coastal Odisha, at a few places over districts of rest Odisha. Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Bhadrak. Heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated over the districts of Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Khurda, Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur.
The following day, i.e. on May 21, Light to moderate rain or thundershower very likely to occur at most places over the district of North Coastal Odisha, Mayurbhanj and at a few places over the rest districts of Odisha. Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj. Heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Jajpur, Bhadrak and Keonjhar.
The IMD bulletin said that squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is prevailing along and off south Odisha coast. It is very likely to increase and extend northwards becoming 55 to 65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph northwards to north Odisha coast by today afternoon.
The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from the morning of May 20 along and off north Odisha coast (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts). It will gradually increase thereafter becoming 100 to 110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph along & off the above-mentioned districts of North Odisha.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph likely to prevail over Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur districts of Odisha during May 20.
IMD has advised fishermen to not venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast till May 21.