Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no. four (4) as cyclonic storm “Bulbul” is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesterly direction.
Under the peripheral influence of the cyclonic storm, gusty/squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of Bangladesh, said a Met office special weather bulletin.
The severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul” over the west-central bay and adjoining east-central bay moved north-northwestwards over the same area at 6 am on Friday.
It was centred about 760 km southwest of Chattogram port, 710 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 665 km southwest of Mongla port and 650 km southwest of Payra port, the Met office said in a special weather bulletin.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the severe cyclone centre is about 90 kph rising to 100 kph in gusts or squalls. The sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre, the Met Office added.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to take shelter immediately and remain in shelter till further notice.