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20 May, 2020

Extreme cyclonic storm Amphan

Dear valued customers,

Odisha and West Bengal are bracing for cyclone Amphan which has been downgraded from super cyclone to an extreme cyclonic storm on Tuesday as it moved closer to the coast, triggering rainfall in several parts of Odisha. Cyclone 'AMPHAN' lies 110 kms from Paradip and is moving at a speed of 18-19 kmph. An hour ago, wind speed of 102 kmph was observed at Paradip port.

Weather forecaster IMD has said that cyclone Amphan is now an extreme cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal and is likely to make landfall somewhere between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh in the afternoon or night of Wednesday, May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

Indian Coast Guard, through Remote Operating Station in Paradeep, is issuing alerts over broadcast for merchant vessels, international vessels and fishing boats, asking them to stay away from sea.

Operations at Odisha's Sea ports- Paradip, Gopalpur & Dhamra port have been suspended and all vessels at anchorage have been instructed to leave the port limit ahead of Cyclone Amphan. Due to approaching ESCS’ AMPHAN”, all the vessel at berth shifted to high seas for safety and re-berthing of the vessels will be planned after passing of Cyclonic weather and carrying necessary Hydro graphic survey.

As cyclone ‘Amphan’ nears the shores of West Bengal, the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has issued warnings to mariners and stopped movement of all vessels to and from its docks to prevent any damage to port assets and merchant ships.The port authority has also instructed ships anchored at the sandheads to heave up anchor and proceed to deep sea to avoid the path of the storm.

Attached Port Circular from Paradip, Dhamra & Kolkata and IMD cyclone update Bulletin.

KOPT Super Cyclonic Storm-1
IMD Bulletin 6