19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The super cyclonic storm Amphan is very likely to weaken to Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next six hours and make landfall as very severe cyclonic storm after further weakening. The prediction was made in the morning bulletin of the Indian Meteorological Department.
By 5.30 am today morning, Amphan was moving north-northeastwards with a speed of 14 kmph for past six hours and lay centred about 520 km nearly south of Paradip in Odisha, 670 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal and 800 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.
Super Cyclone Amphan is very likely to move north-northeastwards across the 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 May 20 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph.
It is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
The light to moderate rainfall is very likely at most places of coastal Odisha with heavy rainfall at a few places over north coastal Odisha (Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj districts) and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Khordha and Puri districts on May 19 and isolated heavy rainfall over north Odisha (Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Keonjhar districts) on May 20.
Squally wind speed reaching 55 to 65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph extend to along and off north Odisha coast from 19th afternoon and along and off West Bengal coast from 19th night. The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from 20th morning along and off north Odisha (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.
Sea condition is phenomenal and is likely to continue for next 12 hours over southern parts of Westcentral Bay of Bengal. It will become phenomenal over northern parts of the central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and over north Bay of Bengal on May 20.
The fishermen are advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours, into the central Bay of Bengal and North Bay of Bengal during May 19 and 20.