Cyclone Amphan to hit S Parganas

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Super Cyclone Amphan, Monster Storm to Make Landfall Around 5:30 PM; Torrential Rains, Storm Surge Forecast

Amphan at a Glance

  • Amphan is likely to hit around Maipit village in South 24 Parganas of West Bengal on Wednesday at around 3:30 pm.
  • Cyclone Amphan is the strongest tropical cyclone over Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone.
  • Heavy rain and flooding expected over coastal Odisha and West Bengal, including Kolkata, until Thursday night.

May 20, 2:20 pm

South Bengal, Meghalaya and Assam to receive 250 mm rain in next 48 hours

48-hour rainfall accumulation over east and northeast India between Wednesday and Friday.(TWC Met Team)

South Bengal districts, including Kolkata, and some parts of Meghalaya and Assam are all likely receive more than 250 mm rainfall within 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning. Extremely heavy rains in isolated places are possible. All three regions are under an orange alert, and must therefore ‘be prepared’ for extreme weather.

May 20, 1:35 pm

Amphan’s ‘eye’ 70 km away from the land

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Amphan’s position as of 1:35 p.m. IST on Wednesday, May 20.(The Weather Channel)

The eye—the region of mostly calm weather at the center of cyclones—of the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Amphan is nearly 70 km away from the land, as per The Weather Channel’s Met Team. Meanwhile, strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rains are being reported across north Odisha and South Bengal coasts.

May 20, 1:25 pm

IMD issues update on Amphan movement

As per the IMD’s latest update, Cyclone Amphan is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal, and cross the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans between today’s afternoon and evening hours.

The crossing will occur at a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph, gusting 185 kmph. Post landfall, the system is likely to move north-northeastwards, close to Kolkata, it adds.

May 20, 12:40 pm

Live visuals from Sagar Island⁠—the expected landfall area

May 20, 12:40 pm

Amphan to make landfall around Sagar Island at 5:30 pm

The Weather Channel’s latest forecast indicates Cyclone Amphan will make landfall around Sagar Island in West Bengal at 5:30 pm IST. The westside of the cyclone track, including Kolkata, is likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall.

May 20, 12:25 pm

Indian Navy on high alert for relief efforts

In the wake of Cyclone Amphan, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely. Ships at Visakhapatnam remain on standby, ready to proceed towards the affected areas for humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support. These ships have been equipped and embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, and relief material including food, tents, clothes, medicines, blankets in sufficient quantities, as per the Indian Navy.

May 20, 11:40 am

IMD Kolkata provides update on Amphan

At present, Cyclone Amphan lies 177 km south-southeast of Digha, West Bengal, the deputy director of IMD Kolkata has revealed. The system is expected to cross the coast at a wind speed of around 155-165 kmph. After landfall, it is likely to move north-northeast, and edge closer to Kolkata.

May 20, 10:55 am

All operations at Kolkata Airport suspended

All operations at the Kolkata airport in West Bengal have been suspended until 5 a.m. on Thursday in view of cyclone Amphan.

May 20, 10:30 am

Gangetic West Bengal on red alert

Under the influence of Amphan, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast isolated extremely heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal on Wednesday, May 20. Due to this prediction, coupled with the strong likelihood of thunderstorms, squall, and strong surface-level winds, the IMD has issued a red alert over the region. The red-level alert instructs local residents to remain most vigilant, and take action to protect themselves from the rough weather.

At a Glance

  • Amphan is likely to hit around Maipit village in South 24 Parganas of West Bengal on Wednesday at around 3:30 pm.
  • Cyclone Amphan is the strongest tropical cyclone over Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone.
  • Heavy rain and flooding expected over coastal Odisha and West Bengal, including Kolkata, until Thursday night.

South Bengal, Meghalaya and Assam to receive 250 mm rain in next 48 hours

48-hour rainfall accumulation over east and northeast India between Wednesday and Friday.(TWC Met Team)

South Bengal districts, including Kolkata, and some parts of Meghalaya and Assam are all likely receive more than 250 mm rainfall within 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning. Extremely heavy rains in isolated places are possible. All three regions are under an orange alert, and must therefore ‘be prepared’ for extreme weather.

May 20,

Amphan’s ‘eye’ 70 km away from the land

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Amphan’s position as of 1:35 p.m. IST on Wednesday, May 20.(The Weather Channel)

The eye—the region of mostly calm weather at the center of cyclones—of the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Amphan is nearly 70 km away from the land, as per The Weather Channel’s Met Team. Meanwhile, strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rains are being reported across north Odisha and South Bengal coasts.

May

IMD issues update on Amphan movement

As per the IMD’s latest update, Cyclone Amphan is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal, and cross the West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans between today’s afternoon and evening hours.

The crossing will occur at a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph, gusting 185 kmph. Post landfall, the system is likely to move north-northeastwards, close to Kolkata, it adds.

May 20, 12:40 pm

Live visuals from Sagar Island⁠—the expected landfall area

Amphan to make landfall around Sagar Island at 5:30 pm

The Weather Channel’s latest forecast indicates Cyclone Amphan will make landfall around Sagar Island in West Bengal at 5:30 pm IST. The westside of the cyclone track, including Kolkata, is likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall.

Indian Navy on high alert for relief efforts

In the wake of Cyclone Amphan, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely. Ships at Visakhapatnam remain on standby, ready to proceed towards the affected areas for humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support. These ships have been equipped and embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, and relief material including food, tents, clothes, medicines, blankets in sufficient quantities, as per the Indian Navy.

May 20, 11:40 am

IMD Kolkata provides update on Amphan

At present, Cyclone Amphan lies 177 km south-southeast of Digha, West Bengal, the deputy director of IMD Kolkata has revealed. The system is expected to cross the coast at a wind speed of around 155-165 kmph. After landfall, it is likely to move north-northeast, and edge closer to Kolkata.

May 20, 10:55 am

All operations at Kolkata Airport suspended

All operations at the Kolkata airport in West Bengal have been suspended until 5 a.m. on Thursday in view of cyclone Amphan. Under the influence of Amphan, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast isolated extremely heavy rainfall over Gangetic West Bengal on Wednesday, May 20. Due to this prediction, coupled with the strong likelihood of thunderstorms, squall, and strong surface-level winds, the IMD has issued a red alert over the region. The red-level alert instructs local residents to remain most vigilant, and take action to protect themselves from the rough weather.

May 20, 10:10 am

In Era of Distancing, India Faces a Turbulent Test

At a time when the entire world is fighting the invisible enemy, the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, India is up against another rather old and familiar threat: Cyclone Amphan. As the evacuations pick pace, health and weather experts have also warned that, if necessary measures are not taken, the two episodes—ongoing pandemic and impending natural disaster—can put the lives of hundreds of people at risk. More on this here!

May 20, 10:00 am

Torrential rainfall forecast

Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, damaging gusty winds, storm surge and flooding are expected over north Odisha and South Bengal on Wednesday. The total precipitation accumulation over 24 hours could range up to 200 mm to 250 mm over coastal Eastern India on Wednesday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, gusty wind and flooding are all possible over northeastern India on Wednesday and Thursday.

Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall are likely over West Bengal, heavy to very heavy rains over Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and north coastal Odisha, and heavy showers over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Wednesday.

May 20, 9:40 am

Landfall likely as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm

Cyclone Amphan weakened into Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm on Tuesday and is located near at around 280 km south of Digha in West Bengal on Wednesday morning with a maximum sustained wind speed of 180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. Amphan is forecast to weaken gradually on Wednesday as it approaches the land.

The storm could make landfall around in between the west edge of Bengal Delta and the east side of the mouth of Hooghly River with a maximum wind speed of around 150 kmph as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Amphan could pass over West Bengal on Wednesday evening to night, and reach Bangladesh on Thursday while weakening into a Cyclonic Storm over Bangladesh.

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Cyclone ‘Amphan’s sand sculpture is seen at the Bay of Bengal Sea’s eastern coast beach to spread awareness message to the people of Bay of Bengal’s eastern coast area before the cyclone landfall on May 17, 2020.(STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

May 20, 9:10 am

Landfall likely near mouth of Hooghly River

According to the latest forecast from The Weather Company’s MPAS model, Amphan will make landfall around 3:30 pm, in between the west edge of Bengal Delta and the east side of the mouth of Hooghly River.

May 20, 9:00 am

West Bengal and Odisha under alert

The Cyclone Amphan continues northwards over the Bay of Bengal while weakening gradually. It is likely to make landfall at around Maipit village in South 24 Parganas of West Bengal on Wednesday at around 3:30 to 4:30 pm as per the latest forecasts. Heavy rain and flooding is expected in lowlands over coastal Odisha and several areas of West Bengal including Kolkata until Thursday night, with accumulated precipitation of up to 200 mm within 48 hours.

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Things to keep in mind during a cyclone(The Weather Channel)

May 20, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.

Welcome to the Cyclone Amphan live tracker! Keep up with the latest news, visuals and developments on what’s being called the strongest storm to hit India’s east coast this decade.

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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