Cyclone Bulbul further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over west central & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) .

The IMD in its latest bulletin has said that the cyclone has moved nearly north-northwestwards and it is very likely to move nearly northwards till 9th November morning. Thereafter, it is very likely to recurve northeastwards and cross West Bengal - Bangladesh Coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across Sunderban delta during the midnight of 9th /early hours of 10th November as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph.

The IMD has issued warnings of light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy falls over Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur districts . Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy falls at isolated places over Jajpur districts on 9th November 2019.

The neighbouring state of West Bengal will also get light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls very likely over North and South 24 Parganas and east Medinipur districts on 8th November. Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over North & South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur, and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over West Medinipur, Howrah and Hooghly on 9th November 2019.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over North and South 24 Parganas, Nadiya and heavy falls at isolated places over East Medinipur district on 10th November 2019.

The fishing operation has been totally suspended over Odisha-West Bengal coasts. The organisation has advised fishermen not to venture into central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha-West Bengal coasts for the next few days. The fishermen out at sea are advised to return to the coast.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday deployed 16 teams to deal with the cyclonic situation in West Bengal and Odisha.

"To deal with the cyclone situation, the NDRF has deployed 10 teams with six of them in Kakdwip, Namkhana, Digha, Sandeshkhali, Howrah, Hooghly, and four teams have been deployed in Sagar islands," the NDRF said in a statement.

"One team each is deployed at Balasore, Jajapur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur. 11 other teams have been put on alert at the NDRF headquarters. Two teams have been kept at standby in Andaman and Nicobar islands in Port Blair," added the NDRF.

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