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Cyclone Bulbul brews in Bay of Bengal

  • Published at 08:41 pm November 6th, 2019
Cyclone Bulbul
Satellite image of Cyclone 'Bulbul' Windy app

The deep depression that currently lies centred over east central and adjacent southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by 9am Thursday and move west-northwestwards for some more time, meteorologist Abdul Manna told Dhaka Tribune

The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into cyclonic storm Bulbul, and eventually into a very severe cyclonic storm, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said on Wednesday.

The deep depression that currently sits centred over east central and adjacent southeast Bay of Bengal, is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by 9am Thursday and move west-northwestwards for some more time, meteorologist Abdul Manna told Dhaka Tribune.

The effects of Cyclone Bulbul will be seen in the coastal areas of Bangladesh, West Bengal, and adjoining north Odisha of India.

The cyclones in the Asia-Pacific region are named from a list prepared by the meteorological offices in eight countries of the region. The name 'Bulbul' has been proposed by Pakistan.

At 12 noon Wednesday, the centre of the cyclone was about 1005km south-southwest of Chittagong port, 930km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 995 km south of Mongla port, and 950km south of Payra port, said a met office bulletin. 

It is likely to intensify further and move in a northwesterly direction, the bulletin added.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 48kms of the depression centre is about 50kph rising to 60kph in gusts/squalls. The sea will remain rough near the deep depression centre.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted, distant cautionary signal 1. 

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

The bulletin also said that the weather is likely to remain dry, with temporary to partly cloudy skies elsewhere over the country, with nearly unchanged night and day temperatures. 

Light rain is likely to occur at one or two places over the coastal regions of Bangladesh because of the depression, the bulletin added.