Amphan likely to intensify into super cyclonic storm


Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that cyclone Amphan has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm and it is likely to further intensify into a super cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining central Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred about 790 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 940 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1060 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), said IMD.

It is very likely to intensify further into a super cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.

It is very likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during the afternoon / evening of 20th May 2020 as a very severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.