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.