While crossing, it would have weakened as a severe cyclone with maximum sustained wind speed of 110- 120 km/hr gusting to 135 km/hr.
Some 55,000 volunteers have been mobilised to go door to door and alert people about the storm.
According to IMD, light to moderate rainfall at most places is very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rain at isolated places over North and South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur.
"Bulbul" is moving towards West Bengal and Bangladesh.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is on alert as well.
"The Cyclonic Storm "Bulbul" over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 27 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centered at 1730 hours IST of today, the 07th November 2019", said the Meteorological Department of India in its morning bulletin.
Rough to very rough over the North Bay of Bengal till Friday evening and gradually becoming very high to phenomenal (30-46 ft) over the North-West and adjoining West-Central Bay of Bengal from this (Friday) evening and would last into Saturday night.
Seventeen teams each have been stationed in the two states and the National Disaster Response Force is prepared to tackle any eventuality, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan said here.
Schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres have been closed, while 1.2 people have been evacuated, she said, according to PTI. Kindly remain calm and cooperate with the administration in its rescue and relief efforts.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said the state government is keeping a close watch on the situation and necessary action is being taken to deal with it.
Besides the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra, Great Danger Signal No. 10 have beening hoisted in the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars.
The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1,070 people to safe shelters, and over 1,500 were shifted in Balasore and Jagatsinhgpur districts.
"We've already evacuated some 391,000 people", he said.
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