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Cyclonic storm ‘bulbul’ starts crossing west Bengal-Khulna coast

10 November 2019, 12:58:11

The very severe cyclonic storm “bulbul” over northwest bay and adjoining area weakened into a severe cyclonic storm “bulbul”, moved northeastwards at a speed of about 8 kph and started crossing west Bengal-Khulna coast (near Sundarbans) at about 9 pm tonight.

It now lies over northwest bay and adjoining coastal areas of gangetic west Bengal and southwestern part of Bangladesh, a weather bulletin of Met Office said.

It is likely to move in a northeasterly direction further, weaken gradually and may complete crossing west Bengal-Khulna coast by midnight tonight. Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the severe cyclone centre is about 100 kph rising to 120 kph in gusts/squalls.

Sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre. Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted great danger signal no. Ten (r) ten.

Coastal districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal number ten (r) ten.

Maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to keep hoisted great danger signal no. Nine (r) nine. Coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal number nine (r) nine. Maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal number four (r) four.

The coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 80-100 kph in gusts/ squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.

Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm “bulbul” and the moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-7 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

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