Cyclone: Wind speed up to 135 kmph likely along north Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued fresh wind warning for north Odisha coast in connection with Cyclone AMPHAN.

While the IMD had earlier forecasted wind speed of 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph along and off north Odisha, it today predicted of wind speed reaching 110 to 120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph along & off north Odisha coast from the afternoon of 20th May.

Under the influence of the cyclone, squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off south Odisha coast from May 18th evening, extend to along & off north Odisha coast from May 19th morning. The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from May 20th morning along and off north Odisha coast. It will gradually increase thereafter becoming 110 to 120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph along & off north Odisha coast from the afternoon of 20th May, the IMD said in a bulletin.

The cyclone is likely to cross West Bengal–Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during the afternoon/evening of May 20 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, the IMD forecasted.

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