Know The Likely Impact Of Cyclone Amphan On Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With Cyclone Amphan making landfall most likely on West Bengal-Bangladesh coast on May 20, a cyclone alert has been issued primarily for four north-coastal districts of Odisha. Apart from these, another eight districts have also been put on alert.

As per the predictions of the Indian Meteorological Department, a Yellow Warning has been issued for several districts for May 18 and an Orange Warning for May 19-20.

As part of the Yellow Warning, squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off the south Odisha coast from the evening of May 18. Squally wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to be witnessed along and off Odisha coast on May 19. The wind speed will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 75 to 85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph from the morning of May 20 along and off north Odisha coast.

Till the morning of May 18, light to moderate rainfall accompanied by a thunderstorm is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of coastal Odisha and Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Dhenkanal. Dry weather will prevail over rest of Odisha.

For the next 24 hours, heavy rainfall has been predicted at isolated places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada. Light to moderate rainfall or thundershower is also very likely to occur at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and Koraput and Rayagada and at one or two places over the rest of Odisha.

As Amphan is likely to make landfall on May 20, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at a few places over the districts of coastal Odisha. Light to moderate rainfall or thundershower is also very likely to occur at most places over the district of North Coastal Odisha, Mayurbhanj and at a few places over the rest of Odisha.

By May 21, the effect of the cyclonic storm is expected to be significantly reduced. Light to moderate rainfall or thundershower is likely to occur at one or two places over the district of North Odisha. Dry weather will prevail over the rest of the State.

The IMD has advised fisherfolk to not venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast from May 18 onwards till further notice. Those who are out of the sea are advised to return to the coast by tonight.