Cyclone Amphan to accentuate into extreme cyclonic storm; heavy rainfall in West Bengal, Odisha: IMD

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday warned that the cyclonic storm Amphan may be very more likely to intensify right into a extreme cyclonic storm within the subsequent 12 hours and into a really extreme cyclonic storm by May 18 morning. It additional stated that the cyclonic storm may be very more likely to move north-northwestwards until May 17 after which re-curve north-northeastwards throughout northwest Bay of Bengal in the direction of

West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha coasts throughout May 18-20.

The coastal Odisha is more likely to expertise gentle to average rainfall at many locations with heavy falls at remoted locations from May 18 night, heavy to very heavy rainfall at just a few locations on May 19 and remoted heavy rainfall over northeast Odisha on May 20. The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are more likely to expertise gentle to average rainfall at many locations with heavy falls at just a few locations on May 19, heavy to very heavy rainfall at just a few locations with extraordinarily heavy falls at remoted locations over Gangetic West Bengal on May 20. 

At 5.30 pm, the cyclone lay about 1040 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 1200 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1300 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh). 

Under its affect, squally wind velocity of the order of 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is prevailing over southeast & adjoining the southwest Bay of Bengal. It is more likely to enhance turning into 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph over east-central and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal by May 17 morning; 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over southern elements of central Bay of Bengal by May 18 morning; 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph over northern elements of central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and 160-170 kmph gusting to 190 kmph over north Bay of Bengal by May 20 morning.

The fishermen have been suggested to not enterprise into Odisha-West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts throughout May 18-20 and people out at sea have been suggested to return to the coast. Scattered to pretty widespread rain/thundershowers with remoted heavy to very heavy falls very probably over Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal from May 18 onwards.