Cyclone Mora has moved further north to within 450km of the Bangladesh coast, prompting the Met office to advise danger signal No. 7 for ports in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.
Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands will be covered by the signal.
The Mongla and Payra ports have been asked to hoist danger signal No. 5, which will be effective for the districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department Director Shamsuddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com that the cyclone might move further north and cross the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar coast early Tuesday.
The very warm waters of the Bay caused the tropical low to develop into a depression on Sunday morning. By afternoon it had been upgraded to a deep depression and then Cyclonic Storm Mora formed by early Monday morning.
According the latest weather bulletin, the cyclone at 9am was centred about 445km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar, 530km of Chittagong port, 580 km south-southeast of Mongla port and 510 km south-southeast of Payra Port.