Cyclone Bulbul, Weather Forecast Today LIVE UPDATES: Storm intensifies; rain pounds parts of Bengal, Odisha

Cyclone Bulbul, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: According to MeT, it is very likely to intensify further till earning morning of November 9. (Express File Photo: Partha Paul)

Cyclone Bulbul, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: Cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' Friday intensified into a 'severe' category cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said as it sounded a yellow alert in West Bengal and predicted heavy rainfall in some parts of the state.

Centred over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal, about 310 km south-southeast of Paradip, the cyclone is likely to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, HR Biswas, the director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, told news agency PTI on Friday.

The storm is currently moving at a speed of 13 kmph and may intensify further by Saturday. It is unlikely to make landfall in Odisha.  Officials have been told to ensure total suspension of fishing operations from Friday. Farmers have also been advised to take steps to protect crops and harvested paddy.