Myanmar should stay alert as the Cyclone BULBUL over the Bay of Bengal has further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) .
The Cyclonic Storm BULBUL over the East-central Bay of Bengal moved and further intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm "BULBUL" at 9.30 pm on November 7. Although it is moving northwards, it is like to change course, he warned.
"The storm is moving northwards. According to observations, it is heading towards Bangladesh. As there is high depression between Myanmar and China, the storm may change course," said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo.
According to the observations at 6.30 am on November 8, the Severe Cyclonic Storm "BULBUL" over the Westcentral Bay and adjoining Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved North-Northwestwards and it is centered at about 225 nautical miles South-Southeast of Paradip (Odisha), India, 300 nautical miles South -Southwest of Sagar Islands (West Bengal), 345 nautical miles South-Southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), 360 nautical miles Southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar) and (365) nautical miles Southwest of Maungdaw (Myanmar).Weather is partly cloudy to cloudy over the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
The storm is coded yellow stage.
Due to the severe storm, rain or thundershowers will be fairly widespread in Magway, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions and Chin and Rakhine States, scattered in Naypyitaw, Mandalay, lower Sagaing and Thanintharyi Regions, Shan, Kayah, Kayin and Mon States and isolated in Upper Sagaing Region and Kachin State with likelihood of isolated heavyfalls in Magway, Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions and Rakhine State within next 48 hours commencing today evening.
Frequent squalls with rough to very rough seas will be experienced Deltaic, off and along Rakhine Coasts. Surface wind speed in squalls may reach 45 mph. Sea will be rough elsewhere in Myanmar waters. Wave height will be about 9-14 feet in Deltaic, off and along Rakhine Coasts and 7-9 feet in Gulf of Mottama, off and along Mon-Taninthayi Coast.
Trawlers, vessels and ships off and along Myanmar Coasts are advised to avert possible condition, the DMH reported.