The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1,070 people to safe shelters, and over 1,500 were shifted in Balasore and Jagatsinhgpur districts.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that several places over Odisha are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday, due to the influence of Cyclonic Storm "Bulbul". "It is very likely to move initially north-northwestwards for next 12 hours, then almost northwards till 9th November morning and then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal", said the weather department.
Meanwhile, flight operations will remain suspended at Kolkata Airport from 6.00 pm today till 6.am on Sunday, November 10, said news agency ANI.
Furthermore, West Bengal is also likely to be battered with moderate rainfall tomorrow.
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Bulbul" (Pronounced as Bul bul) over northwest Bay of Bengal moved almost northwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 06 hours, and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 9 th November 2019, over northwest Bay of Bengal, near Lat.20.4°N and Long. Hundreds of trees were found uprooted in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts.
Authorities have suspended a nationwide school test, cancelled the holidays of officials posted in coastal districts and called off a traditional fair that draws tens of thousands of people in the Sundarbans. In the past 48 hours, the city received 104mm rain and was lashed by winds that reached a speed of 50-70kmph. According to IMD predictions, coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph.
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The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the IMD that the cyclone has now intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.
Meteorologists are expecting parts of Bangladesh's low-lying coastline to be inundated by a storm surge of more than two meters (6.6 feet).
The sea condition is phenomenal (46 ft and above) over West-Central and adjoining East-Central Bay of Bengal around the centre of the very severe cyclone system on Friday itself.
"The windspeed is very likely to increase gradually to 145 to 155 kmph, with gusts of up to 170 kmph by early hours of November 9,"Mr. Das said". It will be phenomenal to very high (46-30 ft) over these areas into Saturday as well.
"Deputy Inspector General S R Dash, who is Commander of Coast Guard, West Bengal, said three disaster management teams have been stationed at Haldia and two at Fraserganj in 24 Parganas district for timely action". They are advised not to venture into the West-Central and adjoining North-West Bay of Bengal on both Friday and Saturday; over the North Bay of Bengal on Saturday and Sunday.