Cyclone Bulbul to make a landfall in Sunderban delta tonight

Mongla and Payra have been asked to keep hoisted danger signal No. 7 with No. 11 being the signal for the worst situation

It has forecast sustained windspeed 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 November 8 and then lessen to a "severe" cyclonic storm on the next day. Several parts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara witnessed heavy showers on Friday morning, with Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena asking the district collectors, mainly in the coastal and the northern region, to keep adequate arrangements in place to deal with possible waterlogging and flood-like situation. Thereafter, it is expected to re-curve northeast wards and cross West Bengal - Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across the Sunderbans delta during the early hours of November 10. Sea condition is phenomenal over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre. 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.

Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching up to 120kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metre, is expected while the cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the Bengal coast around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday.

The cyclone is unlikely to make the landfall in Odisha, but the state will face heavy to very heavy rainfall in its coastal and northern districts in the next two days, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director HR Biswas said.

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Rough to very rough over the North Bay of Bengal till Friday evening and gradually becoming very high to phenomenal (30-46 ft) over the North-West and adjoining West-Central Bay of Bengal from this (Friday) evening and would last into Saturday night. "It will be phenomenal to very high over these areas for subsequent 24 hours", read the Weather Department statement.

Meanwhile, alert has been issued in all coastal districts of West Bengal and Indian Navy, West Bengal Police and Coast Guard are closely monitoring the situation. It has forecast heavy to very heavy rains and strong winds along coastal Odisha and Bengal. It advised people in affected areas to remain indoors and total suspension of fishing. Farmers have been advised to take steps to protect crops.

Government sources said they have been asked to remove all hoardings from buildings.

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