Cyclone Bulbul is likely to make landfall this evening on the Sundarbans, as it was heading north from its origin in the Bay of Bengal on Friday(Nov.8).
It may hit after the sunset and pass through the coastal areas of Khulna and West Bengal, according to Bangladesh Metrological Department sources.
It will then remain on course towards the northeast, the source said. The time of landfall depends on whether it will be gaining or losing its velocity, he added.
Stormy rain would be visible in different parts of the country throughout the day, the source added. Meanwhile, the authorities postponed the Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate exams scheduled for today.
Around 6:00pm on Friday, the “severe cyclone” was centered about 495km southwest of Mongla, 490 km southwest of Payra, 585 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar, and 620 km southwest of Chattogram, according to Met office.
“It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northeasterly direction and may cross West Bengal-Khulna coast by today [Saturday] evening,” it said.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 km of the cyclone center was about 120 kph rising to 140 kph in gusts, it added. Mongla and Payra ports have already hoisted danger signal-7, Chattogram danger signal-6, and Cox’s Bazar signal-4.
Due to Bulbul and the moon’s phase, low-lying areas in Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and the offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated during surges of 5 to 7 feet, said a bulletin of Met office.
All fishing boats and trawlers in the region have been advised to remain moored until further notice. Besides, movements of all kinds of vessels have been prohibited on the rivers by the authorities.
Cyclone centres have been prepared and residents of the coastal region were alerted through megaphones, said officials.
Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusts are likely to occur at many places in Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions, according to forecasts.