Dhaka, November 5: The depression over the west central Bay of Bengal intensified into a Deep Depression on Saturday afternoon and was moving on a north- north easterly course towards the Barisal-Chittagong coast and cross it by Sunday morning gaining strength coming near the shore, Met Office sources said.
As the depression intensifies into a deep depression whose next step would be a cyclone or it may fizzle out in the sea, the Met Office sources said, they were not taking any chances but upgraded its warnings for the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’sBazar, Mongla and Payra from local cautionary(LC) signal 3 to LC 4 yesterday afternoon.
The river ports too have been asked to hoist riverine signal 2 and the passenger and cargo vessels going the southern routes have been asked not to proceed down Barisal till the weather clears , reports said.
There are chances that the deep depression may intensify into a Cyclone. But that would not be a strong one, the sources said.
The depression was packing winds at its core of 50 km per hour rising up to 60kmph in gust.
In case graduates in to a cyclone it would have the name ‘Nada’ (Dew drops) in Arabic after the October 23 cyclone ‘Kyant’ in Myanmar word depicting a Crocodile coming ahead of the sea surges.
Both the depressions were born off a low pressure in the south Andaman Sea that is the traditional breeding ground for the Bay of Bengal cyclones. The names are given from a list of words from the Indian Ocean Littoral countries.
Wile the deep depression forges ahead it unleashed high winds churning out heavy convection in the north Bay making it very rough inducing rains, continuing since Friday across the country with gusty winds.
The rains were of light to moderate and the coastal areas bore the brunt of the high winds and rains that may continue for the next 72 hours, the Met sources said.
As the sea turns rough there are also warnings for the coastal districts, their offshore islands and chars that may experience sea surges driven by the high winds 2-3 feet above normal astronomical tides.
The districts are Cox’sBazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira, a Met special bulletin number 10 said.