Cyclone Bulbul gathers force towards East Coast

A low pressure cyclone formed over the Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of the Bay of Bengal. This intensified into a depression to become into a cyclonic storm on Wednesday morning, named ‘Bulbul’.

The depression is moving west-northwestwards, towards the east coast of India, and is very likely to concentrate further over the east-central Bay of Bengal.

Early indications suggest that the storm could intensify further and make landfall in Odisha around Sunday late night to Monday morning.

The storm believed to be make landfall with speeds of up to 91 kmph. Rains are not predicted until Saturday.

Heavy to very heavy rains are forecast in Andaman and Nicobar on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The IMD has issued warnings to fishers to suspend all fishing operations over the north Andaman Sea and east-central Bay of Bengal. The fishers are advised to return to the coast from these areas.

This is the seventh cyclone formed in the north Indian Ocean basin, breaking the record of 1985.

The previous cyclone over the Bay of Bengal was Cyclone Fani.

The name ‘Bulbul’ is suggested by Pakistan. The naming of cyclones follows the guidelines set by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which stipulates that the countries in the region must name storms in any ocean basin. For the north Indian Ocean, eight countries suggest the names, including India.

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