New Delhi: Cyclone Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) across Sunderbans between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm on Wednesday as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 155-165 gusting to 185 kmph.
The landfall process had commenced at 2.30 pm and the India Meteorological Department had then said that it would take two to three hours to complete.
“The super cyclonic storm over northwest Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past 6 hours, crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph across Sundarbans, about 70 km south of Kolkata (West Bengal), 95 km east-northeast of Digha (West Bengal), 35 km northeast of Sagar Islands and 185 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the latest IMD bulletin said.
Kolkata (Alipur) reported 112 kmph winds at 5.52 pm, it said, adding that the system was now being continuously tracked by the Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Kolkata, it added.
RAIN AND GALE IN ODISHA
The IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north coastal Odisha (Balasore, Bhadrak) with isolated heavy rain in Jagatsinghpur district during the next 12 hours.
“Gale wind, speed reaching 60 to 70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph will prevail along and off Balasore district of Odisha during the next 3 hours. It will gradually decrease subsequently,” it said.
The fishermen have been advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal long and off North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts during the next 12 hours.
Sea condition will be high to very high over Northeast Bay of Bengal for the next 6 hours.
EXPECTED STORM SURGE
Storm surge of about 4-5 meters above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low-lying areas of south and north 24 Parganas and about 3-4 metres over the low lying areas of East Medinipur District of West Bengal during the next 6 hours.