08 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The wind speed and rainfall will gradually increase from Friday afternoon onwards as cyclonic storm Bulbul has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena. District administrations of six districts of the State have been put on high alert.
Addressing the meet, he discussed the bulletin by the Regional Meteorological department. He said at about 8.30 am today, ‘Bulbul’ was at 390 km south-southeast of Paradip and is moving north-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph for the past six hours. Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts of the State with heavy winds.
Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Jagatsinghpur districts are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls.
The weather bulletin mentioned that the wind speed is likely to be reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph by the afternoon of 8th along and off Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts. Gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph very likely from around noon of November 9 for the subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter. Puri and Ganjam districts are likely to experience squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph from the afternoon of November 8 for the subsequent 24 hours.
“The cyclone is expected to make landfall at Sundarbans in West Bengal, however, the district administrations have been asked to stay on high alert. The citizens of respective districts have been asked to stay indoors and take necessary precautions. While no widespread damage is expected, the district administrations have been advised to stay prepared for any dire situation,” said SRC Jena.
Speaking further on the preparations he said, “Two ODRAF teams and one NDRF team have been allotted to each of the six districts. Additionally, one team of Fire Services personnel has also been allotted to each of the six districts and additional teams are prepped and ready to be deployed if required.”