The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a cyclone alert for coastal parts of West Bengal state on Friday, November 8, as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Bulbul continues to move north through the Bay of Bengal. Bulbul strengthened overnight into Friday morning (local time) and is expected to intensify through the morning of Saturday, November 9. The storm is expected to bring rain and damaging winds to Odisha and West Bengal states through Sunday, November 10, as it moves closer to the coast. According to the IMD, some coastal areas of West Bengal state may experience over 20 cm (8 in) of rain between Friday and Saturday. Flooding, landslides, and power outages are possible in the area over the coming days. Associated transportation and business disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations, are possible.
As of 08:45 on Friday, Bulbul is located at approximately 16.9°N 87.6°E (map here) and is moving north-northwest at 10 kph (6 mph). The storm is expected to cross between the Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) during the early hours of November 10 as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained winds of 110-120 kph (68-75 mph).
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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