Cyclone Bulbul intensified into a “very heavy cyclonic storm” on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said as it sounded an orange alert in West Bengal and anticipated major rain in certain parts of the state. An alert has been sounded in Odisha as well, where fishermen have been exhorted not to venture into the ocean.
Cyclone Bulbul Updates: Tend to Intensify in Odisha, West Bengal
At 6.30 am, Cyclone Bulbul was around 690 km south of Kolkata, 420 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 560 km south-southwest of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 650 km south-southwest of Bangladesh’s Khepupara.
“It (Bulbul) is very likely to move initially north-northwestwards for the next 12 hours and then nearly northwards till November 9 (Saturday) morning, and then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal,” IMD said in a press note.
Observing the storm’s seriousness, the Center Thursday guided the Bengal and Odisha governments to step up courses of action to guarantee minimum damage to properties and loss of lives.
Meanwhile, affected by western disturbance influence and its connection with the remnant of cyclone ‘Maha’, heavy to very heavy rain or snow at isolated spots are expected over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Punjab, Gujarat district and Saurashtra coasts are also likely to get heavy rain at isolated places.
As the cyclonic storm ‘Maha’ weakened’, it got brought to heavy to moderate rainfall in a few places of the city, rural areas of Thane and Navi Mumbai on Friday. Heavy showers lashed Mumbai rural areas of Chembur, Ghatkopar, Santacruz, Kandivali, Borivali, and Malad in the early hours of Friday, an authority said. At certain spots, rains were joined by lightning and thunder. Parts of connecting Thane and Palghar areas also experienced showers, an official in the region fiasco the board control room said.