19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The 'Super Cyclonic Storm' ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 18 km per hour during past six hours and lay centred at 2.30 PM today as an 'Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm' near latitude 17.0 Degree North and longitude 86.9 Degree East over Westcentral Bay of Bengal about 360 km nearly south of Paradip, 510 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 650 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), said the latest bulletin by the India Meteorological Department (IMD's) Meteorological Centre here.
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 afternoon to evening hours tomorrow (May 20) with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 km per hour gusting to 185 km per hour, the bulletin added.
The IMD bulletin has said that super cyclone ‘AMPHAN’ is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
Under super Cyclone Amphan's impact, 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 of Odisha till 8.30 AM tomorrow, however, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak. The IMD has issued orange warning for these districts.
In the next 24 hours beginning 8.30 AM tomorrow light to moderate rain or thundershower is 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.
However, during the same period heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Balasore and Mayurbhanj and heavy rainfall very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Jajpur, Bhadrak and Keonjhar. The IMD has issued orange warning for these districts in its bulletin.
The IMD has stated that squally wind, speed reaching 55 to 65 km per hour gusting to 75 km per hour is prevailing along & off south Odisha coast and 40-50 km per hour gusting to 60 km per hour along & off north Odisha coast.
It is very likely to increase becoming 55 to 65 km per hour gusting to 75 km per hour along & off north Odisha coast by today evening onwards. The national weather forecaster has issued an Orange Warning for Odisha coast.
The IMD's bulletin has forecast that the wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 km per hour gusting to 95 km per hour from tomorrow (May 20) morning along and off north Odisha coast (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore) and Mayurbhanj districts.
It will gradually increase thereafter becoming 100 to 110 km per hour gusting to 125 km per hour along & off the aforementioned districts of North Odisha.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 km per hour gusting to 75 km per hour likely to prevail over Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur districts of Odisha during May 20.
In deep sea area gale wind speed reaching 210-220 gusting to 240 km per hour is prevailing over westcentral Bay of Bengal.
Gale wind speed reaching 200-210 gusting to 230 km per hour is likely to prevail over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining North Bay of Bengal from the evening of today (May 19).
It will gradually decrease becoming 165-175 km per hour gusting to 195 km per hour by tomorrow (May 20) afternoon.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast till May 21.
The IMD has warned of extensive damage in the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur & Mayurbhanj like total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses and some damage to pucca houses.
While there is potential threat from flying objects, bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles may occur, the IMD has cautioned.
It has said that while major damage to kutcha and pucca roads is expected there is likelihood of minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.
Besides, widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts, tearing of palm fronds and blowing down of bushy trees like mango is expected, the IMD bulletin said.
Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings, it has warned.