Bangladesh Meteorological Department asked three maritime ports to hoist local cautionary signal No. three as deep depression over southeast Bay and adjoining area moved slightly northwestwards over the same area Saturday morning.
The maritime ports which were put on alert are: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla.
The deep depression intensified into a cyclonic storm “mahasen”, said a special weather bulletin of the met office.
It was centred about 1,700 kms south southwest of Chittagong Port, 1,610 kms south southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port and 1,705 kms south southeast of Mongla Port.
The depression is likely to intensify further and move in a north northwesterly direction with maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the storm centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls.
Sea will remain very rough near the system centre.
Steep pressure gradient lies over north Bay.
Under its influence squally weather may affect north Bay, adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh and the maritime ports.
All fishing boats and trawlers over north Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution.
They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea till further notice.
Source: The Daily Star