Guwahati: A Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ (pronounced as UM-PUN) is moving over west-central and adjoining central parts of South Bay of Bengal. A cyclone warning for West Bengal and north Odisha coasts has been issued.
As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ over west-central and adjoining central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 07 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified further into a Super Cyclonic Storm and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 18th May, 2020.
IMD further suspects that the super cyclonic storm will move nearly northwards for some more time and then north-northeastwards across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the Afternoon / Evening of 20th May 2020 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 165-175 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over the western districts of Assam & Meghalaya is expected on 21st May 2020.
On the basis of the above report, the fishermen are advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours, to central Bay of Bengal on 19th May and into North Bay of Bengal during 19th to 20th May 2020.
Also, fishermen are advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off North Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts during 18th to 20th May 2020.