NEW DELHI : As a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm Bulbul, there is a high probability of Bulbul becoming a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. The cyclone appears to be headed towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, where heavy rainfall is likely. Cyclone Bulbul is likely to skip Odisha but heavy rains are expected.

"The storm is situated about 770 km South southeast of Paradip in Odisha. It is likely to follow a north-northwestward track, moving towards the state of West Bengal and Bangladesh. There is a high probability of the system becoming a Severe Cyclonic Storm in the next 12 hours," weather agency Skymet said.

Cyclone Bulbul
Cyclone Bulbul (Skymet website)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), too, had a similar warning that the cyclonic storm Bulbul will intensify further.

In Odisha, the state government has asked all district administrations to closely watch the development of the cyclonic system, as it is likely to trigger widespread rainfall in several areas.

In West Bengal, light to moderate rainfall at most places and heavy rain at isolated locations might occur over the coastal districts on November 10 and 11, the IMD said.

Under its impact, squally winds with 40-50 kmph speed and gusting up to 60 kmph is likely to prevail over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha-West Bengal coasts from the evening of November 8, and gradually increase thereafter, it said.

Sea condition will be very rough over eastcentral Bay of Bengal till Thursday evening, and become very high to phenomenal thereafter over the central and adjoining northwest parts, it said in a bulletin.

In the meantime, Cyclonic Storm Maha, which has been hovering in the Arabian sea, has weakened into deep depression and is expected to fizzle out by today evening. IMD said Maha is now centered about 180 km west-southwest of Diu and will move east-northeastwards and weaken further.

The Met department, however, said it will cause light to moderate rains on Thursday in parts of Maharashtra -- Madhya Maharashtra, Thane and Palghar districts.