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Category 4 Cyclone Amphan takes aim at northeastern India, Bangladesh, with life-threatening storm surge Add to list The ‘super cyclonic storm’ is the most intense to form in the Northern Hemisphere this year, strongest on record in the Bay of Bengal. Satellite image showing Category 5 Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan on Monday. (Weathernerds.org)

Category 4 Cyclone Amphan takes aim at northeastern India, Bangladesh, with life-threatening storm surge

Capital Weather Gang - Category 4 Cyclone Amphan takes aim at northeastern India, Bangladesh, with life-threatening storm surge. The ‘super cyclonic storm’ is the most intense to form in the Northern Hemisphere this year, strongest on record in the Bay of Bengal.

Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan threatens to inflict a devastating blow on one of the most vulnerable places on Earth for tropical weather systems: the mouth of the Bay of Bengal, including parts of India, low-lying Bangladesh and Myanmar.

On Monday, the storm was rated a Category 5 with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour and gusts to 200 mph, as it reached the upper end of the storm intensity scale. Cyclone Amphan ranked as the most powerful storm in the Northern Hemisphere so far this year, and the strongest tropical cyclone to occur in the Bay of Bengal.

Even as a Category 4 storm as of Monday evening, Cyclone Amphan is capable of inflicting catastrophic damage in a heavily populated, low-lying area that has seen staggeringly high death tolls in past storms.

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