Cyclone Bulbul, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: According to MeT, it is very likely to intensify further till earning morning of November 9. (Express File Photo: Partha Paul)
Cyclone Bulbul, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: Cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ Friday intensified into a ‘severe’ category cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said as it sounded a yellow alert in West Bengal and predicted heavy rainfall in some parts of the state.
Centred over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal, about 310 km south-southeast of Paradip, the cyclone is likely to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, HR Biswas, the director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, told news agency PTI on Friday.
The storm is currently moving at a speed of 13 kmph and may intensify further by Saturday. It is unlikely to make landfall in Odisha.  Officials have been told to ensure total suspension of fishing operations from Friday. Farmers have also been advised to take steps to protect crops and harvested paddy.
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Cyclone Bulbul location on Thursday at 2:30 pm
Due to the approaching Cyclone Bulbul, fishing operations have been suspended from Friday onwards in West Bengal and Odisha. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the Bay of Bengal till November 12. They have also been advised not to venture into Sundarban delta till Sunday.
In other news, “severe cyclonic storm” Maha weakened into a deep depression Thursday morning and was further reduced to a depression by evening, off the coast of south Gujarat in the east-central and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the depression will weaken further into a well-marked low-pressure area over the northeast and adjoining east-central areas of the Arabian Sea off south Gujarat coast by Thursday night. As Maha weakens into a well-marked low-pressure formation, IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall over south Gujarat with heavy rainfall at isolated places over Diu, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, and Bhavnagar on Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, it lay centered over the northeast and adjoining eastcentral Arabian Sea about 80 km to the south of Veraval and 70 km to the south of the union territory of Diu.