Amphan become as Serious Storm Surge, likely to hit Bangladesh on May 20
Cyclone Amphan is strengthening in the Bay of Bengal as it tracks toward Bangladesh and as a serious threat to one of the world's most vulnerable populations to cyclones. It is likely to intensify into a "very severe" cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and cross coastal areas between Sagar Islands (West Bengal, India) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) during the afternoon/evening of May 20, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
In its latest statement, the IMD said Amphan intensified into a severe cyclonic storm at 9am today and was 1,260km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), 990 km south of Paradip (Indian state of Odisha) and 1,140km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
As the cyclone approaches the coast on Tuesday night, strong winds, very rough sea conditions, storm surge and heavy rain are likely across Odisha and West Bengal coasts. Bangladesh Meteorological Department has issued warning signal No. 4 in the coastal areas. Sailors and fisherman in Bangladesh have been told to not venture into the Indian Ocean. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued red orange alerts in parts of northeast India for heavy rainfall and strong winds.
Depending on where it makes landfall, significant storm surge is possible, which could be destructive. Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to dangerous storm surge flooding.
Heavy rainfall with the threat of flooding is also a serious concern. It is too early to know how much rain will fall but areas in yellow, orange and red in the map below have the greatest chance of flooding rain.
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