The Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 8.30 hrs this morning over Westcentral Bay of Bengal about 480 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 630 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 750 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
It 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 tomorrow by noon with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
- Gale wind speed reaching 225-235 gusting to 255 kmph is prevailing over the west-central Bay of Bengal. It is likely to prevail over northern parts of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining North Bay of Bengal during 19th May.
- Gale wind speed reaching 180-190 gusting 210 kmph over north Bay of Bengal from 19th afternoon. It will gradually decrease becoming 165-175 kmph gusting to 195 mph by 20th afternoon.
- 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 central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on 19 May and over north Bay of Bengal on 20th May 2020.
- The fishermen were 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 along with North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts till 20th May 2020.
Storm Surge expected
- Storm Surge of about 4-5 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.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal governments have taken up the large-scale evacuation of people residing in the villages near the coastal belt right from West Midnapur in WB till the Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.