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Bulbul intensifies to very heavy cyclonic storm

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    8 November 2019

  • location

    West Bengal, India

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The orange alert was been sounded in West Bengal and heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the state after Cyclone Bulbul intensified into a very heavy Cyclonic Storm today (8 November). It is very likely to intensify further until the early morning tomorrow.

Bulbul lays about 690 km south of Kolkata, 420 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 650 km south-southwest of Bangladesh's Khepupara.

Sea conditions will be very rough along off the Odisha and West Bengal coasts from today onwards, becoming very high on Saturday and Sunday. Several places over Odisha are likely to receive heavy rainfall. Gales reaching 70-80 kmph and increasing to 90 kmph are predicted towards 9 November.

Bulbul is expected to move initially north-northwestwards for the next 12 hours and then nearly northwards till Saturday morning, then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal during the early hours of Sunday where it is expected to make landfall.

Vessels at Dhamra anchorage have been advised to pick up anchors and proceed to high seas.

Paradip Port has cancelled all inward movements from the 3rd Shift yesterday. Vessels at berth are to double-up mooring ropes and keep the engine ready for further instructions, until the cyclone passes. Vessels at anchorage advised to proceed to open seas and to return once conditions are favourable.

At Haldia, the port trust has issued precautionary measures to be observed by vessels.

Local warning signal No.IV has been hoisted at Hooghly ports along with sectional signal number II & III at Sagar Island ports.

All ports in Odisha state have hoisted signal LC-III.

For further details and updates, and information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

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