Cyclone Bulbul: Latest Update

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Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) morning bulletin on Saturday said:

Current position of the Cyclone Bulbul: Northwest Bay of Bengal about 95 km east-north-east of Paradip (Odisha), 140 km south-southwest of Sagar Islands (West Bengal), 100 km south-east of Chandbali, 140 km south-south-east Balasore, 130 km south-south-west of Digha and 320 km south-west of Khepupara (Bangladesh) at 8.30 am.

Speed of the cyclonic storm: 15 kmph

Time and place of landfall: The process of landfall has begun. The cyclonic storm will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands and Khepupara across Sundarban delta by 11.30 pm on November 9.

Expected wind speed during landfall: Maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph with gusting up to 135 kmph.

Wind speed along and off the Odisha coast: Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely along and off Balasore district for next 6 hours. Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, districts are likely to experience strong wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph during next 6 hours.

Wind speed in Bay of Bengal: Gale wind speed reaching 130-140 kmph with gusting up to 155 kmph over northwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to decrease gradually and become 115-125 kmph gusting to 140 kmph by the evening of November 9.

Sea condition: High to very high along and off north Odisha coast till night on December 9.

Rainfall warning: Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts and Mayurbhanj & Keonjhar district of Odisha with isolated heavy falls over Balasore district during next 06 hours and thereafter Light to moderate rainfall at a few places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha in subsequent 24 hours.

Warning for fishermen: Total suspension of fishing operations till morning of November 10. Fishermen are advised to not to venture into sea along and off Odisha coast and deep sea area of north and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal till November 10.

Port warning: Local cautionary signal no-3 hoisted in all ports of Odisha.

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