As predicted, Very Severe Cyclone Bulbul is now almost abeam Paradip. It has intensified further during the last few hours and system has now developed a clearly marked eye.
Bulbul is presently centered Latitude 20°N and Longitude 87.7°E, which is about 110 km East- Southeast of Paradip, Odisha and 190 km west southwest of Sagar Islands, West Bengal.
According to Skymet Weather, Cyclone Bulbul is on a re-curvature course and is currently at about 80 km distance Odisha coast. At this time, the system movement would slowdown a little bit. It would now be heading in the northeast direction towards West Bengal.
Bulbul is likely to make landfall by Saturday evening around 6-7 pm, crossing Indo Bangladesh Border between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh.
At the time of landfall, the storm is expected to weaken into a Severe Cyclonic Storm due to its interaction with dry air, higher vertical wind shear and close proximity to coastal proximity.
However, the system would continue to powerful, accompanied damage potential winds in excess of 110 kmph gusting up to 120 kmph at the time of crossing the coast.
The storm has already caused heavy to very heavy rains over many parts of Odisha in the last 24 hours, with Paradip recording 164 mm of rains and Chandbali witnessing 150 mm of rainfall. Now also, areas of Odisha including Puri, Paradip, Gopalpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, and Baripada are witnessing heavy rains with strong winds.
West Bengal has also begun to record rains as its periphery is reaching the coast of West Bengal. Parts of Hooghly, Sagar, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Digha, Medinipur, Kolkata should remain on alert as rains will be very heavy with damaging winds lashing the region.
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