Fishing boats and trawlers advised to keep close to the coast
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant warning signal 2.
They were asked to hoist the signal as the depression over the southeast bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards, intensifying into a cyclonic storm “Phethai” on Sunday.
It moved northwestwards further over the same area and was centred at 6amabout 1,495km southwest of Chittagong port, 1,440km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1,385km southwest of Mongla port and 1,380km southwest of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, reports the UNB, quoting a special bulletin from the Met office.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54km of the cyclone centre is about 62kph, rising to 88kph in gusts/squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre, it added.
Due to the cyclonic storm, light to moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places in Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions. The weather may remain mainly dry, with a partly cloudy to cloudy sky, elsewhere in Bangladesh.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to keep close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.
They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.