Several parts of Bengal and Odisha are receiving rainfall as Cyclone Bulbul is brewing up in the Bay of Bengal. Severe cyclonic storm Bulbul turned into the severe cyclonic storm at 5:30 am in the morning today. “The cyclonic storm Bulbul over the east-central Bay of Bengal has moved north-westwards with a speed of 27 kmph during the past six hours and has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It is centered about 530 km South-South West of Sagar Islands,” the weather department said. Bulbul Cyclone is expected to cross Bengal and Bangladesh coast across Sundarbans Delta around midnight o November 9. Odisha government on Thursday issued a revised advisory on Cyclone Bulbul asking the districts to brace up for possible flood-like situation and water-logging. The weather department said sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and  Bengal coasts from Friday onwards and will become very high on Saturday and Sunday. District officials have been asked to keep a tab on the situation and prepare for any contingency.

Cyclone Bulbul: A look at rain warnings, wind speed, preparations:

  1. The weather department has said several places over Odisha are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday due to the influence of cyclonic storm Bulbul. Bengal is also likely to get with moderate rainfall on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department has predicted.
  2. In its weather bulletin, the Met Office has said that light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha on November 8 and November 9.
  3. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal districts of Bengal on November 9.
  4. The fishing operation has been totally suspended over Odisha- Bengal coasts. A cyclone warning has been issued and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea for fishing till further orders. The fishermen out at sea are advised to return to the coast.
  5. The governments of the two states are taking measures to ensure that damage from the storm is contained, even as the Centre assured them of all assistance.
  6. Taking note of the severity of the storm and the possibility of damage to property and lives, the Centre has asked the Bengal and Odisha government to take all steps to deal with cyclone Bulbul and ensure there are minimum casualties and damage.
  7. The weatherman predicted possible damage to thatched roofs, embankments and roads in the coastal districts of North Odisha and Bengal.
  8. The weatherman has forecast sustained wind speed of 120 to 130 km per hour with gusts of up to 140 kmph when the cyclone will be at its ”very severe” form on Friday and then lessen to a ”severe” cyclonic storm on November 9.
  9. Under its impact, heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rain at one or two places is likely to occur in the coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas on November 9 and 10, the Met Office said.
  10. It will also bring heavy rain in Kolkata East and West Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly and Nadia district during the two days.
  11. Coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph on Friday accompanied by heavy to very heavy downpour, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), PK Jena was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
  12. In view of the weather condition, all schools and Anganwadi centers will remain closed on Friday and Saturday in Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts, an official said in the Odisha capital.

(With Inputs From NDTV)