Bhubaneswar: With the intensification of the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, the heavy downpour has begun in several parts of Odisha.
With this, Paradip recorded maximum rainfall of 146 mm by 5.30 AM today followed by Chandbali with 113 mm and Balasore 23 mm rainfall.
Under the impact of Cyclone Bulbul, strong winds and heavy rainfall prevailing along the Paradip coast since early morning today. Several trees were uprooted in Madhuban and Atharbanki under the impact of the wind flow triggered by the cyclone.
Reportedly, over 200 people have been evacuated to safe shelters by the district administration.
On the other hand, with wind speed slowly gaining momentum, power supply in several pockets of Kendrapara district has been disrupted due to the snapping of electricity cables.
Dhamara area in Bhadrak district also experienced a gushing wind speed nearing 110 kmph.
As per the latest update by IMD, Cyclonic storm Bulbul moved northwards with a speed of 7 kmph during the past 6 hours and is laid centred approximately 230 km of south-southwest of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 110 km east-southeast of Paradip. Besides, the cyclone will likely intensify during the next 6 hours.
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Bulbul’ is being tracked by the Doppler Weather Radars at Paradip and Gopalpur in addition to other observing platforms. It is likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh Coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across Sunderban delta by late evening/night of November 9 as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 Kmph gusting to 135 Kmph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing along & off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts. It is very likely to become Gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph from morning hours of today along & off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.