New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amphan-- a super cyclonic storm is set to make a landfall between the coast of Digha in West Bengal and Hatia Islands of Bangladesh. It is the only second super cyclonic storm that is likely to hit parts of the country in the last two decades. In a Facebook live session on Monday, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that cyclone Amphan is the only second cyclone of its kind since super cyclone in 1999. 

"Though there have been two or three super cyclones in past, Super cyclone Amphan is only the second after the Odisha super cyclone of 1999 to form in the North Indian Ocean," he was quoted as saying by Indian express.

The super cyclone Amphan with a height of over 15 km is believed to be covering an area of 700 km and move at a very high speed of up to 265 kilometers.

The IMD chief said that the formation of cyclones ahead of monsoon and prior to monsoon is considered normal.

"The Bay of Bengal records at least five cyclones in a year of which one is formed during May-June period and other four during October-December period," he was quoted as saying by Indian express.

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"The surface temperature of Sea is one of the key elements that determine the formation of cyclones. Since the temperature is high during summer, conditions are favorable for cyclone formation," he added.

Amphan is expected to make a landfall along Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island of Bangladesh during evening of May 20.

"It will move towards north-northeast direction and cross Digha (West Bengal)-Hatia island (Bangladesh) on the afternoon/evening of May 20 with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph," he told PTI.

"In view of the impending cyclone Amphan, 32 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and West Bengal, and 21 teams have been kept on standby," SN Pradhan, Director General, NDRF told ANI.

Mahapatra said that strong winds will be witnessed in Kolkata, Hoogly, Howrah districts and West Midnapur with a wind speed of 110 to 120 km per hour.

"South and North 24 Parganas are shallow areas, the tidal waves can go up to 4-6 metre high," he told ANI.

IMD has issued warning in isolated places of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Gajapati and Ganjam over the next three days in light of cyclone.

The supercyclone Amphan comes a year after cyclone Fani that hit Odisha on May 3 last year and killed 64 people.

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