“Extremely Severe Storm”
Odisha: Cyclone AMPHAN, in 12 districts are under the close watch: Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Bhadrak, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Balasore, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh. A team of seventeen members of the NATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE (NDRF) are on duty.
New Delhi: Cyclone Ampham, which became an extremely severe storm overnight, is likely to get worse ended soon. It might turn out as a super cyclonic storm early, which is expected to make landfall in Bengal on Wednesday.
This dawn, India Meteorological Department or IMD said that Amphan had into an ” Extremely. Severe Cyclonic Strom.” The severe cyclonic storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) over the central parts of South Bay of Bengal shifted north-northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph within the past few hours, intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm,” a tweet read by the IMD read.
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ with Eye Pattern: 18th May 2020 (0730 to 0750 IST) pic.twitter.com/GAhQO3tGTz
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2020
The storm might “Further intensify” over the next six hours, as said, adding that the cyclone is “very likely to move north-northeast west and move very fast across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) between the afternoon or evening of May 20 (Wednesday)” as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.
A yellow alert, which is of 48 hours in advance of the expected coming of adverse weather, has been sounded in the coastal parts of Odisha and Bengal.
In Odisha, 12 Districts are under close surveillance: Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Khurda. Seventeen teams of the (NDRF) National Disaster Response Force are on duty. The state also got hit by Cyclone Fani last year.