#CycloneAmphan likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours: IMD

Bhubaneswar: Cyclonic storm Amphan over Southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours & into a very severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow morning says India Meteorological Department.

High waves in the range of 3.5–7.8 meters are forecasted during 06:30 hours on 17-05-2020 to 23:30 hours of 20-05-2020 along the coast of #Odisha from Gopalpur to Chandipur. Forecasted wave height and swell height for coastal region into the ocean upto 10 km off #Odisha as per INCOIS-IMD joint bulletin.

As per the predicted path of Cyclone Amphan, around 7 lakh people in 649 villages along the sea coast are likely to be severely affected.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal-Odisha coasts from May 18 to 21 and those who are out in the sea were asked to return to coasts by May 17.

Sea condition will be very high to phenomenal over north Bay of Bengal on May 19 and 20, the regional Met director said. Wind speed along and off the coastal areas of West Bengal will reach 45 to 55 kmph with gusts of 65 kmph from May 19 afternoon and will gradually increase to 75 to 85 kmph with gusts upto 90 kmph from May 20 morning, the weatherman said.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also prepared itself for maritime search and rescue operations. “All out efforts have been made in the maritime states of West Bengal and Odisha in co-ordination with the state administration and Fisheries department,” the ICG has said. The ICG ships and aircraft on patrol are directing fishing boats operating at sea to return to harbour for safety, it said.