Cyclone Bulbul: Bangladesh evacuates thousands ahead of storm

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It will then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal, skirting Odisha, and cause heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of North Odisha and West Bengal for three days from Friday.

According to private forecaster Skymet Weather, Bulbul will bear down on the plains of Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh on Sunday morning.

Ten diving and medical teams have also been kept ready for augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Odisha and West Bengal.

The state government said it has taken all precautionary measures to deal with any situation. During landfall, "Bulbul" is "very likely" to be in the "severe cyclonic storm" category with maximum sustained windspeed of 110 to 120 km per hour, gusting up to 135 kmph, Regional Met Director G K Das said in Kolkata. It is very likely to move almost northwards till 9th November morning.

Meanwhile, certain areas in the coastal parts of the State in Kolkata have witnessed moderate rainfall since Saturday 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. Sea condition is phenomenal over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre.

The Puri and Ganjam districts are likely to experience squally wind speeds reaching 40-50 km/hr gusting to 60 km/hr from Friday afternoon until Saturday noon. Sufficient relief materials, dry fruits, terpoline have been sent to different relief godowns situated at blocks, sub-division and district level at Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore, he said.

"The wind speed is likely to increase after 18.00 hrs on Saturday".

"Sea condition will be rough to very rough over north Bay of Bengal till the evening of today (Friday), the 8th November". 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.

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Bulbul has been moving at a speed of 15 kmph and is over Northwest Bay of Bengal, near Lat. 20.55°N and Long. "It will be phenomenal to very high over these areas for subsequent 24 hours", read the Weather Department statement.

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