In an update on the cyclone at 11:30 am, the Regional Meterological Centre here said the storm is now located 110 kilometres south-southwest of the coastal resort of Digha in East Midnapore and Sagar islands in 24 Parganas South districts in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Kolkata received moderate rain throughout Friday. Over 2,000 people in different parts of Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts were evacuated to safer places as a precautionary measure by the state Government.
It will then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal, skirting Odisha, and cause heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of North Odisha and West Bengal for three days from Friday.
These are likely to increase to 150-160 km/hr gusting to 175 km/hr by Friday night over the North-West and adjoining West-Central Bay of Bengal for subsequent 12 hours and decrease gradually thereafter. Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy falls at isolated places over Jajpur districts on 9th November 2019.
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. At present, Bulbul is running parallel to the East Coast.
The weather department predicted possible damage to thatched roofs, embankments and roads in the coastal districts of North Odisha and West Bengal.
Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching up to 120kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metre, is expected while the cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the Bengal coast around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday. "It will be phenomenal to very high over these areas for subsequent 24 hours", read the Weather Department statement.
In West Bengal, the authorities have already started advising people and fishermen in coastal areas not to go near beaches and venture into the sea.
The district administrations have been asked to ensure a total suspension of fishing operations from Friday. The leaves and weekend off of all civic and Nabanno staff have been cancelled.
"All steps are being taken to deal with cyclone Bulbul and ensure there is minimum casualty and damage", said an official at Nabanno.