With Cyclone Bulbul progressing towards West Bengal coast, it has triggered heavy rainfall coupled with strong wind in the coastal districts on Saturday.

The ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ is likely to make landfall between West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts by late Saturday evening or night, bringing in its wake very heavy rain and gale wind of up to 135 kilometres per hour along the coastline, the MeT department said.

It is likely to make landfall by the late evening or night of Saturday with a maximum sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 km per hour with gusts of up to 135 kmph that will prevail from Saturday afternoon for next 12 hours along and off East Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas and Howrah, the MeT said.

Hundreds of trees were found uprooted in several places in the coastal districts while the NDRF, ODRAF, police and fire personnel have been engaged in clearing road blockade by dislocating the uprooted trees lying on the roads.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena informed that they have received information about the uprooting of trees in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak districts.

He, however, said that they have not received any loss of life so far.

The SRC said that Dhamra in Bhadrak district recorded a wind speed of 110 Kmph.

The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1070 people to several shelters. A little over 1,500 persons evacuated to safety in Balasore and Jagatsingpur districts.

In the last 24 hours, Paradip received highest rainfall of 159 mm, followed by Chandbali with 143 mm and Balasore 32 mm of rainfall.

Odisha’s Chief secretary Asit Tripathy reviewed the situation with Bhubaneswar met centre director HR Biswas on Saturday morning.

“We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” said Tripathy.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul is currently lying 98 km East-Northeast of Paradip and 135 km South-Southwest of Balasore in Odisha.

Moving at speed of 15 kmph, the cyclone is likely to weaken gradually and move Northeastwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh, it said.

According to the IMD, gale wind speed 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing along and off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha and East Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal.

The  gale wind speed 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is likely to continue for next 3 hours along and off Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, and for next 6 hours along and off Bhadrak and Balasore districts of Odisha, said IMDB.

Incessant rain and squally wind have been lashing the coastal districts since Friday, with the intensity increasing gradually.