The cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ over the North Bay and adjoining East Central Bay moved slightly northwards further over the same area, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and was centred at 6 pm on Monday.
Bangladesh Met office, in its latest bulletin, has advised to hoist danger signal No 10 at Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong maritime ports while signal No 8 at Mongla and Pyra seaports.
Under the peripheral influence of severe cyclonic storm gusty/squally wind with rain/ thunder showers is likely to continue over north bay and the coastal districts and maritime ports of Bangladesh.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 62 kms of the cyclone centre is about 385 kms south of Chittagong port, 305 kms south of Cox’s Bazar port, 450 kms south-southeast of Mongla port and 370 kms south-southeast of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further, move in a northerly direction and may cross Chittagong – Cox’s Bazar coast by Tuesday morning.
Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to lower danger signal nubmer seven but instead hoist great danger signal nubmer ten.
Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Bhola, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to experience wind speed up to 89-117 kph in gusts/ squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the severe cyclonic storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.