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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha has been out of the glare of Bulbul's eye, the satellite pictures clearly show how the very severe cyclone Bulbul in the early morning hours on November 9 made a devastating 'kiss' to the  north Odisha coasts (see the image above).

Odisha has witnessed the maximum damage during the early morning today, when Bulbul virtually puts its beak inside north Odisha districts or say the outer dense cloud band of Bulbul was over north Odisha lending maximum damage in the districts.

Moreover, satellite pictures taken by INSAT and JTWC crystal clearly portray  the grip of cyclone Bulbul's shadow over Odisha.

The satellite images (see the images below) clearly shows the thick and dense clouds of the cyclonic system enveloping the State, especially the northern Odisha.

And the images taken high up from the space very well tally with the ground reports that unambiguously depict Bulbul's rampaging intensity in the north Odisha districts, especially Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Balasore and Bhadrak.

At 9 am today, Bulbul was near Falsepoint (Kendrapada district), shows the satellite picture (see the image below).

[caption id="attachment_414289" align="alignnone" width="750"] Courtesy: Levis Cowan[/caption]

Therefore, as per the latest rainfall data provided by SRC PK Jena, Rajnagar (Kendrapada) has recorded the highest rainfall of 180 mm, and is followed by Paradip (164 mm), Chandbali (150 mm). Balasore till morning hours today has recorded 41 mm rain.

The wind speed in the districts of Jagatsingpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore has been estimated at around 80-90 km/hr gusting to 120 km/hr, informs weather reports.

Reports of uprooted trees and damaged paddy crops have come from the affected districts.

The latest satellite map of JTWC (Joint Typhoon warning Centre) and other met agencies have estimated cyclone Bulbul's latest location at around 75 km east-northeast of Balasore. The JTWC further has predicted that the landfall will take place at evening six hours today (Nov 9) in Sundarbans (West Bengal).

The bulletin further added that the cyclonic system is moving at around 15km/hour , and the diabolic fact it discloses is Bulbul will regain some of its lost intensity before making landfall, and the wind is expected to touch 85 knots or 153 km/hour.

As the cyclone Bulbul tomorrow (Nov 10) will go into the pages of history post dissipation over Bangladesh, the moment is quite apt to take a look at its birth chart.

As per Skymet, Bulbul took birth in an exact location, from very severe cyclonic storm Titli was born in October 2018.

And as per the NASA's MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, it captured a visible image of Matmo's remnants on Nov 5 that was developing into a low pressure area in north Andaman seas of Bay of Bengal (see the image below).

What is Matmo? Named by USA,  It's typhoon that was originated in south China sea and had made landfall in Vietnam on October 31, 2019. Post landfall, the system moved as deep depression towards Cambodia and Thailand. Since they are small landmasses, remnants of the tropical disturbance emerges in the north Indian ocean (Bay of Bengal). And the warm waters and favourable ambience helped it to reorganise into a new cyclone named Bulbul, which after wreaking havoc in north Odisha is all set to unleash its fury over West Bengal this evening.

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