Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air station, INS Dega to undertake aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material as required by the state administration. It might also uproot trees, ruin crops and cause embankment erosion, he warned.
These are likely to increase to 150-160 km/hr gusting to 175 km/hr by Friday night over the North-West and adjoining West-Central Bay of Bengal for subsequent 12 hours and decrease gradually thereafter. As such, the system is expected to maintain Cyclone intensity till 10th morning over Bangladesh and adjoining areas of Gangetic West Bengal North and South 24 Parganas and Nadiya district.
The cyclone is likely to weaken gradually and move northeastwards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts, the IMD said, adding that the storm will likely make landfall between Sagar Island (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) across Sunderban delta by Saturday late evening (likely between 8 pm to 11 pm).
The cyclone was more than 124 miles (200 kilometres) away from the Bangladesh coast and moving at a speed of 15-20 km/h, Enamur Rahman said Saturday.
Odisha witnessed heavy rainfall and high wind in six blocks in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Bhadrak districts on Saturday.
It suggested that coastal hutment dwellers be moved to safer places. Acting on the advice by weatherman, both states suspended fishing activities from Friday onwards over the West Bengal-Odisha coasts.
Bulbul, after making landfall, will take around 6 hours to weaken into a Cyclonic Storm.
It further mentioned that they were offering waivers cancellation/rescheduling fee for travel on November 9 and 10 for all flights to/from Kolkata.
The coastal areas of the state were likely to be hit by 110 to 120 kmph gale wind, with gusts up to 135 kmph from November 9 afternoon, the IMD prediction said.
National Disaster Response Force teams have been moved to Odisha and West Bengal to assist local authorities, a government official said. "Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed", Banerjee said in a tweet.
The West Bengal Government is working on war footing to minimize the impact of super cyclonic storm Bulbul which is likely to hit the state tonight.
The MeT said sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts from Friday onwards and will become very high on Saturday and Sunday.
"The cyclone will pass through mid-west region which may bring heavy rainfall or thunder showers accompanied by gusts across the country including Dhaka", said Ashraful Alam, a meteorologists at Bangladesh's weather authority, reported Dhaka-based The Daily Star.