Cyclone Bulbul set to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

"Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards and make landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh across Sunderban delta during the early hours of November 10", Das said.

The weatherman said that damage to properties and infrastructure is likely in the districts of East Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and Murshidabad. The cyclone will then lose some of its strength and become a "severe" cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Bulbul has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm causing heavy rain in the coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal. Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy falls at isolated places over Jajpur districts on 9th November 2019.

With the cyclone "Bulbul" intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm and triggering heavy rain in parts of Odisha and West Bengal, the two states are bracing for the impact.

In view of the weather condition, all schools and anganwadi centres will remain closed on Friday and Saturday in Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts, an official said in the Odisha capital.

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The weatherman said that gale wind speed reaching 120 to 130 kmph and gusting to 140 kmph was prevailing over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal.

The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone has now intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.

Under its peripheral influence gusty or squally wind may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of Bangladesh from Saturday early morning.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over North and South 24 Parganas, Nadiya and heavy falls at isolated places over East Medinipur district on 10th November 2019. It will be phenomenal to very high (46-30 ft) over these areas into Saturday as well. According to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Bangladesh Meteorology Department, the suspended inland water transport in approaching of Cyclone Bulbul, after the cyclone made landfall in the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarbans and passes through the coastal areas in Khulna and West Bengal state. So, the fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea or even along the coast from afternoon of November 9 until the evening of November 10.

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