09 November 2019
Paradip/ Bhadrak: The very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul induced very heavy rainfall at Paradip, maximum in the State, and gales at Dhamra touching 110 kmph. As per the latest IMD forecast, the tropical cyclone lays about 110 km east southeast of Paradip and is moving northwards towards West Bengal coast.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena stressed that the situation across the State is currently under control and in next 6-8 hours cyclone Bulbul is likely to cross Odisha coast. Eventually, the effects will reduce.
As of today morning, Paradip received the highest rainfall of 159 mm in last 24 hours, followed by Chandbali with 143 mm and Balasore with 32 mm rainfall. There was hardly any effect visible in Puri town with capital Bhubaneswar witnessing windspeed of 20-25 kmph with scattered rainfall. Kendrapada’s Rajnagar also witnessed strong gales of wind of 110 kmph with rainfall, said SRC Jena.
Coming to rainfall prediction, he said that Puri, Khurda, and Cuttack districts are expected to not have any more rainfall post afternoon.
SRC Jena added that respective district administration has been asked to remain alert till the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul makes landfall today evening at West Bengal.
There were multiple reports of trees getting uprooted and thatched roofs getting blown off. The restoration work is underway. SRC also said that about 1000 people, with 250 from Balasore district alone, have been evacuated to a safer location till now.
Bulbul is moving with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours. It is expected to make landfall at Sundarbans, West Bengal by late evening/night of November 9 with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 Kmph gusting to 135 Kmph, said the last bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).