Bhubaneswar, May 20 (Local Wire): Several parts of the state have now started facing strong winds and rainfall as cyclone Amphan inched closer to eastern coasts.
As per the Metereological Department it is likely to make its landfall in West Bengal coast on today afternoon or evening.
The super cyclonic storm is now said to be 155 km away from Paradip.
Strong winds have already started making its impact in Paradip and other northern parts of the state.
In Paradip the wind speed was reported at 90km/hr.
The department said the cyclone is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts close to Sunderbans by today noon or evening with a speed of 155-165kms/hr.
The state government in their latest update said that it has evacuated 1,19,075 people in the state in the light of the cyclone threat while it has opened 1704 shelter homes.