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Now Cyclone, Amphan

 
The deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighborhood Saturday intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan’, which is likely have its impact in at least four districts of Odisha.

The Amphan lay centred over the same region at 5.30  pm today near latitude 10.9°N and longitude 86.3°E, about 1040 km south of Paradip in Odisha, the IMD said in its latest bulletin.
The IMD said that the Cyclonic Storm is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm by 18 May Morning.
It is likely to move north-northwestwards initially till May 17 and then re-curve north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha coasts during May 18 to May 20, the IMD said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the state’s preparedness and spoke to collectors of 12 coastal district over video conferencing.
Naveen told the collectors that best of efforts should be made to save the precious human lives. He also suggested collectors to prepare evacuation plan to evict people from vulnerable places keeping an eye on the IMD predictions.  
Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy too apprised the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauva and informed that the state was well prepared to meet the eventuality.
The state is ready even as the cyclone changes its track as predicted by the IMD.  
SRC Pradeep Jena said the state has made all arrangement for facing the calamity. While all line departments were ready for the event, the state has mobilized personnel of ODRAF, NDRF and Fire Service for rescue and relief operation.
The state in 2019 had faced cyclones Fani and Bulbul while cyclone Amphan is their 2020 edition.
The IMD said the coastal districts of Odisha will to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places from 18  May evening, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on 19 May and isolated heavy rainfall over northeast Odisha on 20 May 2020, said the latest bulletin.
Squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off south Odisha coast from 18th evening, extent over to north Odisha coast from 19  morning and along and off West Bengal coast from 19 afternoon.
The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 km ph from 20 May morning along and off north Odisha and West Bengal coast. It will gradually increase thereafter.
Sea condition will be rough to very rough over West Bengal and Odisha coast during the period. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the North Odisha and West Bengal coast during May 18 to 20, 2020.
 


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