Bhubaneswar: With the very severe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ moving northeastwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued ‘orange message for the West Bengal coast.
Mentioned below is the latest cyclone update by the IMD in its national bulletin.
—The cyclonic storm over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal has moved northwards with a speed of 17 kmph and lay centred over the north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, about 220 km south-south-east of Paradip, 350 km south-southwest of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 470 km south-south-west of Khepupara (Bangladesh).
— It is very likely to slightly intensify by November 9 early morning and move northwards for some more time and re-curve north-eastwards thereafter.
— It is very likely to cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands and Khepupara across Sundarban delta by November 9 midnight as a severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting up to 135 kmph.
—Under its influence, light to moderate rainfall is very likely at most places in north coastal districts (Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur districts) during the next three hours.
— Light to moderate rainfall at most places likely in north coastal districts with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Jajpur district on November 9.
— Gale wind speed reaching 140-150 kmph gusting up to 165 kmph will prevail around the system centre over the north-west and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, is very likely to increase to 150-160 kmph gusting up to 175 kmph by November 9 morning and gradually decrease thereafter.
— Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting up to 70 kmph will prevail along and off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts, is very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph from the morning of November 9 along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
—Puri and Ganjam districts are likely to experience squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting up to 60 kmph during the next 24 hours.
— Sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off the Odisha and West Bengal coasts and likely to become high to very high on November 9 and 10.
—Total suspension of fishing operations along Odisha-West Bengal coasts till forenoon of November 10.
—Fishermen have been advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours over North Bay of Bengal till the evening of November 10.
—Fishermen have been advised not to venture into along and off Odisha–West Bengal coasts till November 10 morning.