Bhubaneswar: Even as fear of cyclone ‘Bulbul’ hitting Odisha and creating devastation has faded with change of direction, yet, by its side impact, heavy rains will inundate nine northern coastal districts, predicted the India Meteorological Department.
The indication of the Bulbul converting into a severe cyclonic storm has been seen in coastal districts of Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Jagatsinghpur with light rainfalls.
According to reports, light rainfall has started occurring in Kendrapara district, Dhamra area of Bhadrak district and Paradip of Jagatsinghpur district.
According to the IMD, the cyclone Bulbul lay centred 420 km to the south and southwest of Paradip coast. It is now moving in north-northwest direction at a wind speed of 8 km per hour. By next morning it will turn into a severe cyclonic storm and then move in north and northeast direction. The Bulbul is likely to make landfall in the middle of Sagar islands and Kheupura at around 10 am on November 10, said weather expert of Regional Meteorological Centre Uma Shankar Das.
Das said the Bulbul will pass about 150-160 km distance of Odisha coast and, by its impact, nine coastal districts will witness heavy rainfall for two days from November 9 to 10.
“While light rainfall will occur today with a wind blow of 55-65 km gusting, heavy to very heavy rainfalls have been predicted for nine coastal districts on Saturday and Sunday. The wind blow of 70-80, gusting up to 100 km is also likely to be witnessed on two days,” said Das.
Fishermen have been strictly asked not to venture in to the sea till complete weakening of the cyclonic storm.
It may be noted that the State Government has announced a two-day holiday in schools and Anganwadi centres in Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara districts. But schools in Khurdha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj district will remain closed on Saturday.