Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today forecasted about the landfall area of Cyclone AMPHAN.
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 said in a bulletin.
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 forecasted.
Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places from May 18th evening. Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on May 19th and isolated heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on May 20th are likely to occur, the IMD predicted.