The 'very severe cyclonic storm' Bulbul has weakened to a 'severe cyclonic storm' and started to cross the coast of Khulna and India's West Bengal, says the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
In its latest bulletin issued at 10pm on Saturday, the Met Office said that storm has moved northwest at a speed of 8km per hour and started lashing the coasts around 9pm.
The storm is likely to move in further northeast, weaken gradually and may complete crossing the coast by Saturday midnight, it said.
"Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the severe cyclone centre is about 100 kph rising to 120 kph in gusts/squalls," reads the bulletin.
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, it added.
Under the influence of Bulbul and the moon phase, the low-lying areas 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 5-7 feet high storm surges, says the Met Office.
TWO DEAD IN INDIA AS BULBUL LASHES COAST
The Indian Meteorological Department said Bulbul made landfall at West Bengal’s Sagar island at 9pm on Saturday and is expected to move northeastwards into neighbouring Bangladesh, hovering over the Sundarbans delta.
It has reportedly caused two deaths in India.
The storm was centred about 35km southeast of Sagar Islands in Odisha, 80km east-southeast of Digha, and 125km south-southwest of Kolkata at 7:30pm on Saturday, the Indian Meteorological Department said.
It means the storm with a diameter of around 200km and an approaching speed of around 12km already started the process of landfall.
One death each has been reported from West Bengal and Odisha due to heavy rain triggered by the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, reports PTI.
Rain lashed coastal West Bengal, uprooted trees leading to death of one person in the city.
Continuous downpour since early Saturday left parts of Kolkata and its adjoining suburbs with waterlogged streets and overflowing drains.
Trees were uprooted in various parts of the city killing one person in a renowned club of the city, the officials said.