Cyclone Bulbul likely to hit coast at 100-120kph wind speed

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Met office advises to hoist great danger signal no. 10 as very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul approaches towards Bangladesh coast. Saddam Hossain takes this photo at Pankhali, Dacope Upazila, Khulna on 9 November.The very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul over Northwest Bay and adjoining areas moved northwards and is likely to have a wind speed of up to 100-120kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy rainfall during the passage of the storm in the coastal areas.

The storm was centred about 475 km west-southwest of Chattogram port, 470km west-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 280km southwest of Mongla port and 315km southwest of Payra port, said the special weather bulletin No. 24 of Bangladesh met office.

The storm is likely to move in a north north-easterly direction and may cross West Bengal- Khulna coast (near the Sundarbans) by this (Saturday) evening.

Under its peripheral influence gusty winds may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of Bangladesh from noon today.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 74kms of the very severe cyclone centre is about 130kph rising to 150kph in gusts. The sea will remain very high near the very severe cyclone centre.

Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted great danger signal no. 10. Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal No. 10.

Maritime port of Chattogram has been advised to keep hoisted great danger signal No. 9.

Fishermen return from the sea as it is very rough due to the peripheral effect of very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul. Inzamamul Haque takes this photo at KB Bazar Ghat, the main fish market in Bagerhat on Saturday.Coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under great danger signal No. 9.

Maritime port of Cox’s Bazar has been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal No. 4.

The coastal districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 100-120kph in gusts with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the storm.

Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul and the moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-7 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice, the bulletin added.

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