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The storm system in the Bay of Bengal, Amphan, developed into a super cyclone on 18th May 2020 and is expected to make landfall along the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast on 20th May 2020, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.
- Windspeeds are expected to hit 240 kmph and extensive damage along the coast is expected in Odisha and West Bengal.
- By the time it makes landfall in West Bengal, Amphan is expected to tone down into a category 4 Extremely Severe Cyclonic (ESC) storm with wind speed of 165-175 kmph and gusting to 195 kmph.
- Amphan is expected to bring “heavy to extremely heavy rainfall” over Gangetic West Bengal and heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Odisha on May 19 and 20.
- Extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses
- Some damage to old badly-managed pucca structures
- Potential threat from flying objects
- Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles
- Disruption of rail/road link
- Extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards.