Cyclone 'Bulbul' crosses West Bengal coast, says IMD


KOLKATA: The India Meteorological Department said that Cyclonic storm Bulbul, which weakened from 'very severe' to 'severe', has crossed the West Bengal Coast close to Sunderban Dhanchi forest from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm on Saturday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the storm has moved towards east-north-eastwards with a speed of 17 kmph in the past six hours and further weakened into a Cyclonic Storm.
''Severe Cyclonic Storm Bulbul weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centred at 0530 hours of today, over Bangladesh & adjoining coastal West Bengal. It is very likely to move East-North Eastwards across Bangladesh & likely to weaken into a deep depression during the next 6 hrs," the IMD stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin on Sunday.
According to the report from the News Agency ANI, the ferry services have been suspended at Bichali Ghat in Kolkata due to the influence of cyclonic storm.
The IMD predicted that light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over coastal district of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over North and South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur and isolated heavy rainfall over West Medinipur, Howrah, Nadiya and Hooghly during the next 12 hours.
The department added that light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls very likely over South Assam and Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram during the next 36 hours.
Severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' made landfall Saturday midnight between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh, hurtling northeastwards into the neighbouring country over the Sunderban delta.

With inputs from Agency

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