DHAKA, May 29, 2017 (BSS) - Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number seven while Mongla and Payra ports signal number five, said a Met Office special weather bulletin here today.
The cyclonic storm 'mora' over east-central bay and adjoining north bay moved slightly northwards over the same area and was centered at 12 noon today about 480 kms south-southwest of Chittagong port, 400 kms south-southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 540 kms south-southeast of Mongla port and 470 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 tomorrow morning.
Under the peripheral influence of cyclone 'mora' gusty or squally wind with rain or thunder showers is likely to affect north-bay and the coastal districts and maritime ports of Bangladesh commencing from afternoon today, the special bulletin added.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is
about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the system.
Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven while coastal districts of Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number five.
Under the influence of the cyclonic storm 'mora' 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 speeding up to 62-88 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the cyclonic storm.
All fishing boats and trawlers over north-bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.
Besides, our Chittagong correspondent said Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has already ordered to stop loading and unloading of goods from the vessels anchored at the port jetties and the outer anchorage.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)