Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan has moved closer to the mainland and is a few hours away from making landfall on Wednesday. As of 9.30 am, the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Amphan lay 123 kms southeast of Paradip port, Odisha and 177 km south-southeast of Digha, West Bengal. Lakhs of people in West Bengal and Odisha have been evacuated from vulnerable areas and shifted to safety.
Cyclone Amphan brought a heavy downpour over Odisha, with Paradip port recording its wettest May day in a decade. During the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Wednesday, rainfall measuring 223.8mm was recorded at Paradip. Other cities that experienced heavy rainfall here include Puri (98.2mm), Chandbali (75.2mm), Balasore (71.3mm) and Bhubaneshwar (58mm).
Coastal Odisha will experience gale winds ranging between 100 – 110 km/hr gusting to 125 km/hr along Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts till Wednesday afternoon. Strong winds would lash Bhadrak district till evening, today. During the last six hours, the storm has moved closer to the coast at a speed of 22km/hr.
Amphan, pronounced as Um-pun is the second super cyclone to have had formed over the Bay of Bengal in two decades.
On Wednesday, very heavy to extremely heavy rains will lash west Midnapore, South and North 24 Paraganas, Howrah, Hoogli and Kolkata districts of West Bengal.
Gale winds with speeds ranging from 155-165 km/hr is expected along the east and west Midnapore, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara from forenoon onwards on Wednesday.