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Cyclone Amphan Highlights: Bengal, Odisha on alert as deep depression intensifies into cyclonic storm

The Odisha government has urged the Centre to temporarily suspend the running of 'Shramik Special' trains to the state's coastal districts in view of the impending cyclonic storm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2020 11:19:46 am
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Cyclone Amphan, weather forecast Today Live updates: The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has rapidly intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ (pronounced as Um-pun), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin on Saturday. “It lay centered over the same region at 1730 hrs IST of today (May 16) near latitude 10.9°N and longitude 86.3°E, about 1040 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 1200 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1300 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said in its bulletin issued at 8.30 pm.

The cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm by 18th morning. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards initially till 17th May and then re-curve north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha coasts during May 18 to 20. Fishermen are advised not to venture into south Bay of Bengal from May 16 to 17 to central Bay of Bengal from 17th to 18th and north Bay of Bengal during 19th to 20th. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 12 hours.

According to a PTI report, the Odisha government has urged the Centre to temporarily suspend the running of ‘Shramik Special’ trains to the state’s coastal districts in view of the impending cyclonic storm. As many as 12 coastal districts – Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj and Cuttack have put on alert.

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West Bengal, Odisha on alert as deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclone Amphan. Follow this space for LIVE updates. Read in Bangla and Malayalam here

02:36 (IST)17 May 2020
Explained: How tropical cyclones are named

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recently released a list of 169 names of future tropical cyclones that would emerge in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). There are six RSMCs in the world, including the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and five TCWCs.

As an RSMC, the IMD names the cyclones developing over the north Indian Ocean, including the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, after following a standard procedure. The IMD is also mandated to issue advisories to 12 other countries in the region on the development of cyclones and storms.READ FULL EXPLAINED

23:43 (IST)16 May 2020
Yellow warning: AMPHAN likely to intensify into 'severe cyclonic storm' in next 12 hours

The IMD, in its latest bulletin, has issued a moderate warning for coasts along West Bengal and North Odisha. 'It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm by 18th morning. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards initially till May 17 and then re-curve north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and adjoining North Odisha coasts during 18-20 May'

23:01 (IST)16 May 2020
Cyclonic storm brewing in Bay of Bengal, several coastal districts to experience heavy rain from Tuesday

A cyclonic storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal lay 1,220 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal on Saturday morning, and is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of the state from May 19, the Met office said here.

The system is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening and move north-northwestwards till May 17, Regional Met Director G K Das said. It is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards thereafter towards the West Bengal coast during May 18 to 20, he said. Under its impact, the coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal, including North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly will experience heavy to very heavy rain on May 19 and 20, Das said.

22:38 (IST)16 May 2020
Rain warnings for Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places in very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 12 hours. Meanwhile, coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places from 18th evening, heavy to very heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on 19th and isolated heavy rainfall over northeast Odisha on May 20. Coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at few places on 19th, heavy to very heavy falls at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on 20th.

22:32 (IST)16 May 2020
Deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclone Amphan: IMD

The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has rapidly intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ (pronounced as Um-pun), the India Meteorological Department said in its latest bulletin. “It lay centered over the same region at 1730 hrs IST of today (May 16) near latitude 10.9°N and longitude 86.3°E, about 1040 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 1200 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1300 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said in its bulletin issued at 8.30 pm. 

Forecast track and intensity are given in the following table

21:03 (IST)16 May 2020
Odisha urges Centre to temporarily suspend 'Shramik Special' trains due to impending cyclone

The Odisha government urged the Centre to temporarily suspend running of 'Shramik Special' trains to the state's coastal districts in view of the impending cyclonic storm that is likely to intensify from Sunday, official said. The request was made by Chief Secretary A K Tripathy on Saturday during a video conference with Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. "We have urged the Centre to suspend running of Sharmik Special trains for 3-4 days as it may create problems for administration as well as the passengers amidst the cyclone," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), P K Jena, told reporters. PTI

21:02 (IST)16 May 2020
NCMC takes stock of cyclone over Bay of Bengal; directs assistance to Odisha, Bengal

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Saturday reviewed the preparedness for the impending cyclone, which is likely to hit Odisha and West Bengal coast, and directed immediate assistance to the two states. A meeting of NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was held here to take stock of the preparation for the impending cyclone over the Bay of Bengal, an official statement said. The cabinet secretary took stock of the current situation and preparedness for rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as required, be provided, it said. PTI

15:18 (IST)16 May 2020
IMD issues latest bulletin on Cyclone Amphan


“Cyclone Amphan is very likely to move northwestwards initially till May 17 and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards northern Bay of Bengal between May 18-20,” the department said in its latest bulletin. (Source: IMD)

15:08 (IST)16 May 2020
If required, Odisha coastal areas will be evacuated: Official

Though the IMD is yet to make an exact forecast about the landfall of the cyclone, the administration has braced for the impending situation and accordingly, focused on the northern coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), P K Jena said. "If required, evacuation of people will be undertaken in view of the situation," he was quoted as saying by PTI.

14:31 (IST)16 May 2020
NDRF keeps close watch on Cyclone Amphan
14:08 (IST)16 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Depression in Bay of Bengal to turn into severe storm by today evening

The depression, which is around 1,250 km south of Digha in West Bengal and 1,330 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, is likely to intensify rapidly into a cyclonic storm by Saturday evening and then into a severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director H R Biswas said.

13:30 (IST)16 May 2020
Next 48 hours favourable for Southwest Monsoon; sporadic rain over South India

Meanwhile, scattered to widespread rain/thundershowers accompanied with lightning and gusty winds is expected over south peninsular India during the next 4-5 days along with isolated heavy rainfall activity over Kerala during the next 5 days, over south interior Karnataka from May 15-17 and over Coastal Karnataka and Lakshadweep on May 15 and 16. Northeastern states are likely to experience scattered to widespread rain over the next 5 days. From May 18, onwards, scattered rain/thundershowers are likely over Odisha Gangetic West Bengal.

12:42 (IST)16 May 2020
Bengal coastal areas to receive rain from May 19

The coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal are also likely to experience light to moderate rainfall across many areas from May 19. Heavy to very heavy downpour is likely to occur at isolated places from May 20. Fishermen in the concerned areas have been advised from venturing into the sea between May 18 and 20.

12:12 (IST)16 May 2020
Rainfall in parts of Odisha from Monday evening

Coastal Odisha is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at several places and heavy downpour in a few isolation regions from Monday evening, the IMD said today.

11:33 (IST)16 May 2020
Tracking wind direction in Bay of Bengal


Squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely along and off Odisha coast from May 19, the IMD said.

11:04 (IST)16 May 2020
Explained: How tropical cyclones are named

The IMD recently released a list of 169 names of future tropical cyclones that would emerge in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). There are six RSMCs in the world, including the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and five TCWCs. As an RSMC, the IMD names the cyclones developing over the north Indian Ocean, including the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, after following a standard procedure. The IMD is also mandated to issue advisories to 12 other countries in the region on the development of cyclones and storms. To know more, click here.

 
10:27 (IST)16 May 2020
Sea condition over Bay of Bengal to remain rough

The sea condition is also likely to be rough over south and adjoining central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea till May 16 afternoon. It will be high over southwest from today evening and very high from the same region from Sunday morning, the weather department said. The sea condition will become phenomenal over southern parts of central Bay of Bengal on May 18, over northern parts of central area of the sea on May 19 and over northern part on May 20, it added.

09:59 (IST)16 May 2020
Tracking the cyclonic disturbance


Here is a look at the movement of the cyclonic disturbance in the Bay of Bengal. (Source: IMD)

09:25 (IST)16 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan comes as additional task for Odisha district administrations

Odisha Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said he reviewed the situation and the possible impact on the state with Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy. The situation will be managed properly as Odisha has vast experience in dealing with such situations in the past, the special relief commissioner said, adding, "We are well prepared to deal with any situation. However, the district administrations will have the double task to manage COVID-19 situation along with the possible cyclone."

08:44 (IST)16 May 2020
IMD warns of heavy rainfall in coastal areas from May 19

Though the IMD is yet to give an exact forecast on the system, the weather department on Friday made it clear that the well-marked low pressure will take the shape of depression and intensify into a cyclonic storm later. "We cannot predict the trajectory of the system now as the depression is yet to be formed. However, it may have some impact on the districts located in the northern region of Odisha and southern parts of West Bengal. As a result, heavy rainfall is likely in coastal areas from May 19," Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra was quoted as saying by PTI.

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As per preliminary information from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the possible depression is likely to re-curve from its path to north-northeast direction and move in the Bay of Bengal, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said.

"The speed of the depression's movement is yet to be ascertained and the IMD is yet to predict the place of the landfall of the possible cyclone. It may be in north Odisha, south Bengal or even in Bangladesh," Jena was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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He also said that plans have been made for pre-positioning of the ODRAF, NDRF and fire service personnel if the situation arises. They will rescue people likely to be affected by the probable calamity and clear roads if they get blocked.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has asked the Collectors to prepare for the worst irrespective of what the IMD predicts. "I know you are fighting the pandemic... Now we require people for the possible cyclone situation. Prepare for the worst... prepare for the ultimate eventuality," he said.

The current depression, if converted into a storm would be called as 'Amphan'. Cyclonic storms are named through a system that was agreed by an eight-member country group called WMO/ESCAP in 2004.

Cyclone amphan kolkata news

 

Each Tropical Cyclone basin in the world has its own rotating list of names. These countries submit eight names each, which are arranged in an 8×8 table. After the 64 names are exhausted, the eight countries will propose fresh lists of names.

After the 64 names are exhausted, the eight countries will propose fresh lists of names. For cyclones from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, these lists are not rotated every few years, as explained by the India Meteorological Department’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for Tropical Cyclones over the Northern Indian System.

The lists for storms in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins are, however, rotated. Exception are, however, made in certain cases — if a storm causes excessive death and destruction, its name is considered for retirement and is not repeated; it is replaced with another name.

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