Very Severe Cyclonic Storm is all set to make landfall between Sagar Islands and Khepupara in Bangladesh today. In fact, as of 5:30 am in the morning, Very Severe Cyclone Bulbul was centered near Latitude 20.0°N and Longitude 87.7°E, about 110 km ESE of Paradip, 190 km SSW of Sagar Islands, 285 km south of Kolkata and 340 km SSW of Khepupara.
Bulbul is expected to make landfall over West Bengal – Bangladesh Coast between Sagar Islands and Khepupara by the late evening hours today and will weaken into a Severe Cyclonic Storm at the time of landfall. Wind speed will be between 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph at the time of landfall.
The severe Cyclone’s periphery is already reaching West Bengal, and Kolkata in the last 24 hours has already given moderate rains of 20 mm. In fact, the city of Kolkata is at present also seeing some rainfall activities.
The West Bengal state capital, Kolkata will fall to the northeast of this storm at the time of landfall and some impact will be seen in terms of heavy to very heavy rains over the city of Kolkata today. In fact, residents are advised to remain safe as rainfall activity may become very heavy and winds may get very strong.
West Bengal has already suspended ferry services today and tomorrow. Along with this, Kolkata Port Trust has also suspended shipping operations from Kolkata as well as Haldia docks.
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