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Cyclone Amphan: Met forecasts rain, thunderstorm on Thursday

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The Times Of India
21st May, 2020 04:00 IST

PATNA: The impact of Cyclone Amphan was seen in Bihar with cloud cover at most places in the state on Wednesday. The Patna Meteorological Centre has issued warning for thunderstorm along with lightning and moderate rainfall primarily in eastern parts of the state till Thursday.

Thunderstorm, lightning and gusty winds with speed 30-40 kmph are likely to lash Supaul, Araria, Kishanganj, Saharsa, Madhepura, Nawada, Katihar, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Khagaria and Jamui districts. Warning for thunderstorm with lightning is also at one or two places in Patna district.

The Amphan reduced in intensity and became an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” hours before landfall between Digha coast in West Bengal and Hatiya in Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon.

A Patna Meteorological Centre bulletin in the afternoon stated that outer band of low and medium clouds will affect the eastern part of Bihar and north-eastern and south-eastern districts of the state may experience isolated thunderstorm and moderate rainfall activities during the next 48 hours from 5:30pm on Wednesday.

“As per the current model projection after its landfall, the system is likely to move in a north, north-easterly direction towards interior Bangladesh and adjoining north-eastern states and weaken gradually … Being outside of core region, Bihar is not likely to be affected by the weather pattern associated with tropical cyclones i.e. gale wind, storm surge and torrential rainfall,” the Patna centre’s bulletin stated.

The bulletin further stated that light to moderate rainfall occurred at one or two places over north-central and eastern part of Bihar during the last 24 hours.

A yellow colour warning has also been issued by the local meteorological centre for thunderstorm with lightning at one or two places in all districts in northeast, northwest and north-central Bihar till Thursday.

An official at Patna Meteorological Centre told TOI that eastern districts in the state have been asked to remain on alert for squally winds with speed up to 50-60 kilometres per hour. “Though there is no need to panic in Bihar, certain districts in its north- eastern parts have been asked to remain on alert. Most other districts are likely to witness cloud cover with thunderstorm along with light to moderate rain till Thursday evening, after which the weather system will subside,” he said.

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