It is very likely to weaken gradually, move northeastwards and cross West Bengal - Bangladesh Coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across Sunderban delta by late evening/ night of 9 th November as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 Kmph gusting to 135 Kmph.
The Indian Navy has kept on standby its aircraft and three ships for immediate deployment in the eventuality of any damage by severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, which is expected to make a landfall by the midnight of Saturday, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said.
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While the weather office have predicted light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is continuing over north coastal districts of Odisha and coastal districts of West Bengal. Sea condition is phenomenal over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre. It is very likely to intensify further till the early morning of 9th November.
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.
Gale wind speeds reaching 70-80 km/hr gusting to 90 km/hr are likely from around Saturday noon along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.More news: Pakistan corridor set to open for Sikh pilgrims
The Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert, as the cyclone is expected to unleash a storm surge as high as seven feet (two metres) in coastal districts.
"Sea condition will be rough to very rough over north Bay of Bengal till the evening of today (Friday), the 8th November".
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday held a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the preparedness to deal with Severe cyclone 'Bulbul'over the Bay of Bengal which is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha. It will be phenomenal to very high (46-30 ft) over these areas into Saturday as well. At present, Bulbul is running parallel to the East Coast. "Fishermen advised not to venture into the sea along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh", the warning issued on Thursday read. It advised people in affected areas to remain indoors and total suspension of fishing. Port authorities in Paradip have also taken steps to combat the storm, Jena said.More news: Fed Cup Final: Barty, Australia Host France In Perth