Cyclone Amphan is quickly strengthening in the Bay of Bengal as it tracks toward India, Bangladesh and Myanmar as a serious threat to one of the world’s most vulnerable populations to cyclones.

Cyclone Amphan (pronounced AM-pun) is currently in the central Bay of Bengal and will track generally northward this weekend and then a turn toward the north-northeast is likely. Its exact track remains uncertain and will determine where the greatest threat from this system will be.

Atmospheric conditions are favorable for development and sea-surface temperatures are very warm. Rapid intensification is a possibility and this tropical cyclone needs to be monitored closely.

Amphan is becoming a hurricane strength system, but could become a major hurricane equivalent system by early Tuesday.

On Saturday, a system in the Bay of Bengal quickly strengthened to a cyclonic storm. The storm was given the name Amphan. On Sunday, Amphan was upgraded to a severe cyclonic storm.

#Amphan is now a severe cyclonic storm and will intensify to a very severe cyclonic storm on Monday. Amphan will become an extremely severe cyclonic storm or category 3 to 4 hurricane equivalent before landfall in #Odisha, #WestBengal or #Bangladesh on Wednesday. #India.

Cyclone #Amphan poses a serious storm surge, wind and flooding threat to India and Bangladesh in the early part of the week ahead:

Cyclone #Amphan turns ‘severe’ the recuse operations too begun.NDRF deploys 17 teams in Odisha, West Bengal

Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm over the  region. Cyclone for Coastal areas of West Bengal and Cyclone watch for Odisha’s coastal lines have been issued.
Indian Meteorological Department has said that, the cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm by 18th morning. Fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea for the next three days. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places is also very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 12 hours.

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