BHUBANESWAR/KOLKATA: Cyclone Amphan gathered energy and intensified right into a extreme cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal on Sunday, elevating the chance of heavy rainfall coupled with high-velocity wind in a number of coastal districts of Odisha and components of West Bengal, officers mentioned.
It is more likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh between afternoon and night of May 20 as a really extreme cyclonic storm, Regional MeT Director in Kolkata G Okay Das mentioned.
According to a bulletin issued by the climate workplace at 2 pm, AMPHAN (pronounced as UM-PUN) moved slowly northwestwards with a velocity of three kmph and intensified right into a extreme cyclonic storm.
It lay centred about 980 km 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. It is more likely to intensify additional into a really extreme cyclonic storm in the course of the subsequent 12 hours after which transfer almost northwards slowly in the course of the subsequent 24 hours.
Thereafter, it’s more likely to re-curve north-northeastwards and transfer quick throughout northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands and Hatiya islands between afternoon and night of May 20, mentioned H R Biswas, Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.
Under its impression, the coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal, together with North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly are more likely to expertise mild to reasonable rain at many locations with heavy downpour at remoted locations on May 19, Das mentioned.
On May 20, rainfall will happen in lots of locations over the districts in Gangetic West Bengal, with heavy to very heavy downpour in North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts, he mentioned.
In Odisha, ‘Amphan’ is more likely to set off heavy rainfall in some components of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts, whereas reasonable rainfall will lash different coastal areas Monday onwards, the MeT Centre mentioned.
Light to reasonable rain or thundershower is more likely to happen at most locations over coastal Odisha, whereas heavy to very heavy rainfall will lash some locations over the coastal areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Light to reasonable rain or thundershower will happen at many locations over north coastal Odisha and a few locations over the remainder of the districts of Odisha on May 20 and 21. There can be heavy rainfall at some locations over Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts on these two days, it mentioned.
Squall with velocity reaching 45-55 kmph and gusting to 65 kmph is more likely to start alongside and off the south Odisha coast from May 18 night. Wind with comparable velocity can also be seemingly alongside and off Odisha coast from May 19 morning.
The wind velocity will enhance turning into gale. Wind velocity reaching 75-85 kmph, gusting to 95 kmph from May 20 morning is probably going alongside and off the north Odisha coast.
At current, squally wind velocity reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph is prevailing over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal.
It is more likely to enhance, turning into 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over southern components of central Bay of Bengal by Monday morning, 160-170 kmph gusting to 190 kmph over northern components of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph over north Bay of Bengal on May 20.
Sea situation can be very excessive over southwest and adjoining central Bay of Bengal in the course of the subsequent 24 hours.
It will develop into phenomenal over southern components of central Bay of Bengal from Sunday evening, over northern components of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and over north Bay of Bengal on May 20.
Fishermen have been suggested to not enterprise into north Bay of Bengal alongside and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts from May 18 to 21 and those that are out within the sea, had been requested to return to coasts by May 17.
Distant Warning Signal No.2 (DC-2) was hoisted in any respect ports of Odisha.