- In 1999 same magnitude cyclone was in Odisha and was very deadly.
- The Amphan storm was rated a category 05, which is the most powerful storm with winds of 165 miles per hour and has recorded the upper end of storm intensity.
The Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) over West central and adjoining central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved nearly north-northeastwards with a speed of 17 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 2330 hrs IST of 18th May, 2020 near latitude 14.9°N
and longitude 86.5°E over West central Bay of Bengal about 600 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 750 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 880 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
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 the Afternoon / Evening of 20th May 2020 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 kmph.
The super cyclone ‘AMPHAN’ is now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
PM Narendra Modi had a high-level meeting to review the response measures against cyclone ‘Amphan’ which is developing in the Bay of Bengal.
Prime Minister took full stock of the situation and reviewed the response preparedness as well as the evacuation plan presented by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During the presentation of the response plan, DG NDRF informed that 25 NDRF teams have been deployed on the ground while 12 others are ready in reserve. 24 other NDRF teams are also on standby in different parts of the country.
Source : narendramodi
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The meeting was also attended by Shri Amit Shah, Union Home Minister; Shri PK Sinha Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister; Shri Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, besides other senior officers of Government of India.
The Amphan storm was rated a category 05, which is the most powerful storm with winds of 165 miles per hour and has recorded the upper end of storm intensity. Storm Surge of about 4-6 meters above Astronomical Tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of south & north 24 Parganas and about 3-4 meters over the low lying areas of East Medinipur District of West Bengal during the time of Landfall.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclone warning for West Bengal and to the north coasts of Odisha. Cyclone Amphan is expected to landfall and hit the coasts of West Bengal on Wednesday, 20 May with the wind of speed up to 165 miles, and will cause heavy rainfall.
The fishermen are advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours, to central Bay of Bengal on 19th May and into North Bay of Bengal during 19th to 20th May 2020.
Extensive damage is expected to all types of kutcha houses, some damage to old badly managed Pucca structures.
- Potential threat from flying objects.
- Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles.
- Disruption of rail/road link at several places.
- Extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards.
- Blowing down of Palm and coconut trees.
- Uprooting of large bushy trees.
- Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
In 1999 same magnitude cyclone was in Odisha and was very deadly.