Cyclone Amphan: Extremely severe cyclonic storm to hit Odisha, West Bengal today, 6 lakh evacuated

Cyclone Amphan: Extremely severe cyclonic storm to hit Odisha, West Bengal today, 6 lakh evacuated

Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan is barreling towards the Indian coast in Bay of Benga. Cyclone Amphan is probably going to form landfall between West Bengal’s Digha, some 180 km from Kolkata, and Hatiya island in Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon or evening. it'll pack sustained wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph, gusting at 185 kmph.

According to the newest weather update at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, the cyclone was over Bay of Bengal 510 km off the Digha coast in West Bengal or 360 km faraway from Paradip coast in Odisha. FOLLOW CYCLONE AMPHAN TRACKER & WEATHER

The two states, West Bengal and Odisha, are placed on alert . Both West Bengal and Odisha have said that they need evacuated around three lakh people each from the coastal areas within the state.

SUPER CYCLONE DOWNGRADED TO EXTREMELY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

The Indian Metrological Department has said that Cyclone Amphan is probably going to be the worst since 1999, during which over 9,000 people were killed in Odisha. But because the states start a huge evacuations drill, the cyclone has lost a number of its strength.

Earlier, the Met department has downgraded Cyclone Amphan from super cyclone to extremely severe cyclonic storm.

However, it still packs enough force to pulverise coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal .

The gale-force wind, blowing at a speed of 240 to 250 kmph and gusting to 275 kmph at one point, had lost intensity and was moving at a speed of 200 to 210 kmph, gusting to 230 kmph on Tuesday evening.

The weather department has said the storm could destroy standing crops, damage mud and thatch houses, and disrupt power and communication lines in coastal districts of the 2 eastern states.

The IMD has advised people to stay reception and warned against opening markets in and around affected districts on Wednesday.“Storm surge of 4 to five metres above astronomical tide is probably going to inundate low lying areas of South and North 24 Parganas and about 3 to 4 metres over low lying areas of East Midnapore district of West Bengal during the time of landfall,” the weatherman has said. These districts had suffered the foremost during cyclone ‘Bulbul’ and ‘Fani’ last year.

IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said since the cyclone is gradually weakening, its impact is unlikely to be very severe in Odisha.

However, coastal districts like Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore are likely to be battered by heavy rains and high-velocity winds from Tuesday evening, he said.

CYCLONE AMPHAN PROJECTED PATH AND LANDFALL

Cyclone Amphan is predicted to form landfall between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Island in Bangladesh on Wednesday, May 20. The cyclone will likely cross the coast within the afternoon or evening as 'very severe cyclonic storm' with a maximum wind speed of 185 kmph.

Plotted using Google Maps below is that the excepted path of Cyclone Amphan over subsequent two days. the trail has been plotted supported information released by the India Meteorological Department on Tuesday afternoon. it is a rough estimate of Cyclone Amphan's expected progress. the varied pins on the map below offer a thought of the situation of Cyclone Amphan at a specific point; tap on the pins to understand more.