Dhaka, November 4: The depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining area is intensifying further and moving north-westward which may turn into a cyclonic storm, says Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Under its influence, deep convection is taking place over the North Bay. Squally weather may affect the maritime ports and coastal areas of Bangladesh, says a Met office special bulletin.
A K M Ruhul Quddus, Director (on duty) of Meteorological Department said the depression is getting stronger gradually and may turn into cyclonic storm. Under its influence, moderate and light drizzling has been occurring in different parts of the country including capital Dhaka.
It was centering on Friday afternoon about 1035 kms west-southwest of Chittagong port, 995 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 885 kms southwest of Mongla port and 895 kms southwest of Payra port, he added.
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 after lowering distant cautionary signal No 1.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kms of the depression centre is about 44 kph rising to 50 kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain moderate near the depression centre.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.