Super cyclone Amphan hit the landmass as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) across Sunderbans between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm. It recorded a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph during landfall, informed IMD DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
The track is similar to cyclone Bulbul, but Amphan is a more intense cyclone than Bulbul. The cyclone is entering West Bengal coast near Sundarbans, he said.
All 20 NDRF teams including reserve teams are on ground in Odisha for evacuation and restoration work. Cyclone Amphan landfall has started and the situation is fast changing and NDRF is keeping a close watch, said NDRF chief SN Pradhan.
Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has informed that the landfall process commenced since 2.30 PM. It will continue for about 4 hours. The forward sector of the wall cloud region is entering into land in West Bengal.
As per latest updates from IMD, Cyclone Amphan is about 150 km east-northeast of Paradip, 95 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal), 90 km south of Sagar island and 260 km West-southwest of Khepupara. The cyclone will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans. The landfall process will commence from late afternoon (4pm onwards).
As per model prediction, Cyclone Amphan is heading north resulting in deceleration of wind in Paradip, while wind speed is picking up in Balasore and Bhadrak, informed IMD DG, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
Cyclone Amphan is currently located about 120 km east of Paradip, IMD stated in its latest bulletin. It is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. The landfall process will commence from afternoon, the bulletin said.
10:30 AM: Wind speed of 94 kmph was recorded in Paradip, 80 in Chandbali, 73 in Balasore and 35 in Bhubaneswar.
IMD’s latest bulletin indicates that Cyclone Amphan is about 125 km East-South East of Paradip, 225 km South of Digha & 380 km SW of Khepupara. The intensity near center is around 170-180 kmph gusting to 200kmph. Current wind speed witnessed in Paradip is 102 kmph, Chandbali-74, Balasore-61, Puri-41, Bhubaneswar- 37 kmph.
8:30AM: Wind Forecast for coastal Odisha is 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, and Bhadrak districts till afternoon and over Balasore district till eveningWind Forecast for coastal Odisha is 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, and Bhadrak districts till afternoon and over Balasore district till evening.