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Cyclone “Amphan” likely to hit country’s coastal areas

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:59 PM, 3 May 2020  

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The strong cyclone “Amphan” likely to hit the coasts of Bangladesh and Myanmar after passing the coast of India gradually, however, there is disagreement among meteorologists about the course of the year’s first cyclone.

Its course can be determined after Tuesday, according to the officials of the Meteorological Department. 

Meteorologists say cyclone “Ampha” has formed over several areas of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. It can hit the country’s coastal Patuakhali, Barishal, Barguna, Laxmipur, and Feni with Category-4 strength. 

However, the cyclone will have a maximum Category-3 magnitude and is expected to hit the Sundarbans with a Category-2 magnitude.

The cyclone is likely to accumulate energy in the central of the Bay and continue to gain energy as it moves towards the northwest. There are also observations that it could achieve maximum power near the Odisha coast.

Another observation saying that the cyclone “Amphan” will form near the Andaman Islands – increase its strength very fast – move towards northwest via northeast along the east coast of India, and hit West Bengal in India with Category-4 magnitude. It may then move slightly to the west and northwest – turn towards north – form a strong cyclone with Category-3 plus. 

Lastly, it can cross any area from West Bengal to Barishal by May 12-13 and likely to become weaker before crossing the coast.

Meanwhile, cyclone “Amphan” has not yet fully formed even though the cyclonic winds have started blowing far away from the coast of Bangladesh. But its intensity has started to increase gradually.

There is a favorable environment to increase its power. The cyclone is still forming in the sea, according to the meteorological office 

Analyzing various images and videos obtained from the satellite, meteorologists say that the prevailing vortex is becoming a cyclone. However, the nature of the cyclone will become clear in the next 24 hours.

The low over the Andaman Sea will cause heavy rainfall and strong winds in the region. Extreme heat is prevailing over a wide area of the sea between the low and the Indian coastline. As a result, if the low turns into a cyclone, it can increase its strength rapidly. 

Noted that Thailand has named the cyclone “Amphan” which is the last name in the 2019 cyclone list.