Environment Cyclone Amphan, strongest storm in over a decade, slams coast of India, Bangladesh as millions flee

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    One of the strongest storms in more than a decade roared ashore in eastern India and Bangladesh Wednesday, packing heavy rain and wind as millions fled to shelters in an evacuation complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, brought winds of up to 105 miles per hour and maximum gusts of 118 mph as it approached the coast.

    “The next 24 hours are very crucial. This is a long haul," India’s meteorological chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said Wednesday.

    The storm weakened from a super cyclone of Category 5 strength earlier this week to an “extremely severe cyclonic storm."

    Amphan made landfall between Digha, a seaside resort in West Bengal, and the Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh. The eye of the storm was likely to pass through the Sunderbans, one of the largest mangrove forests in the world, India's meteorological department said.

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