Kolkata Airport also suspended its operations from 6 p.m. (7:30 a.m. ET) Saturday until 6 a.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) Sunday in anticipation of the storm.
Weather forecast Today, Cyclone Bulbul Live News Updates: Hurtling high-speed cyclonic storm "Bulbul" is set to make landfall by 11 pm Saturday night between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh and move northwestwards into the neighbouring country over the Sunderban delta.
Weathermen said that gale wind at a speed of 80 to 90 kmph was prevailing along and off the coastal and adjoining districts of West and East Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas in the evening of Saturday and was likely to increas gradually to 110 to 120 kmph with gusts up to 135 kmph.
Bengal: Light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over North and South 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts on Friday.
According to the disaster management division of the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), restrictions on fishing boats' movement have been imposed till 12 November and all boats have been advised to return to the coast.
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Bulbul hit the coast at the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, which straddles Bangladesh and part of eastern India, and is home to endangered species including the Bengal tiger and the Irrawaddy dolphins.
As predicted, Very Severe Cyclone Bulbul is now nearly abeam Paradip.
On the other hand, Under the influence of cyclone "Maha", heavy to very heavy rain/snow at isolated places is very likely over Jammu & Kashmir and heavy over Himachal Pradesh; isolated heavy rainfall at isolated heavy over Punjab, Gujarat region & Saurashtra coasts during next 24 hours, says reports. And then almost northwards till 9th November morning and then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal. Several parts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara witnessed heavy showers on Friday morning, with Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena asking the district collectors, mainly in the coastal and the northern region, to keep adequate arrangements in place to deal with possible waterlogging and flood-like situation.
The cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal can last from April to December. High winds uprooted trees in coastal blocks of the three districts as well while also damaging houses in some areas. Top officials of Odisha, West Bengal and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands attended the meeting through video conference.
Schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres have been closed, while 1.2 people have been evacuated, she said, according to PTI.