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Cyclone Amphan, Weather Forecast Today LIVE Updates:

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Cyclone Amphan, Weather forecast Today Live Updates: Cyclone Amphan turned into a "super cyclonic storm" on Monday and is likely hit the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh on Wednesday, the Home Ministry has said. The storm turned 'extremely severe' over the Bay of Bengal at 2.30 am today, the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) had earlier said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting to review the preparedness at 4 pm today.

"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and move fast across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands during 09:00-12:00 pm of 20th May, 2020, as a very severe cyclonic storm," the latest bulletin released by the weather body read.

The Odisha government has started evacuation process of 11 lakh people in the vulnerable areas. The coastal areas of the state are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places from Monday evening. The MeT department has issued an orange alert for West Bengal. As many as 17 teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the two states.

16:56 (IST): IMD predicts Cyclone Amphan's route

Cyclone Amphan is likely to move north-northeastwards and move past the northwest Bay of Bengal, and cross the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and the Hatia island as a very severe cyclonic storm.

16:51 (IST): Amphan preparedness: HAM radio team sets up six radio stations in Bengal's coastal areas 

In a measure to effectively tackle Cyclone Amphan, HAM radio team has been deployed at 24 Parganas (South) in West Bengal. They have set up radio (amateur radio) communication centres in islands in Sunderbans and other coastal areas.

16:41 (IST): Impact of Amphan: Parts of Kerala receive heavy rain

Several parts of Kerala are experiencing heavy rains since last night due to the impact of the super cyclone Amphan, officials said on Monday. Widespread damage was reported from Vaikom taluk in Kottayam district after strong winds alongwith heavy rains lashed the coastal town since Sunday night. Several trees got uprooted and fell on the electric lines and roads in Vaikom town disrupting power supply and movement of vehicles.

16:37 (IST): Odisha starts evacuating people from vulnerable areas

'Amphan' (pronounced UM-PN) that had turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm picked up more strength over the Bay of Bengal while moving towards the coast. It has now intensified further into a 'super cyclonic storm', the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It is likely to move north-northeastwards and move past the northwest Bay of Bengal, and cross the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and the Hatia island as a very severe cyclonic storm, the department said. This has raised possibility of heavy rains and high-velocity winds in coastal Odisha and the state government has initiated the process of evacuating people from the vulnerable areas.

16:18 (IST): Storm intensifies into super cyclone; likely hit the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh on Wednesday

Cyclone Amphan turned into a “super cyclonic storm” on Monday and is likely hit the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh on Wednesday, IMD said. The storm turned ‘extremely severe’ over the Bay of Bengal at 2.30 am today, the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) had earlier said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting to review the preparedness.

15:03 (IST): Cyclone Amphan: Ham radio team cautions locals in Bengal's South 24 Parganas district

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