Cyclonic storm ‘mora’ likely to intensify

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DHAKA, May 29, 2017 (BSS) – The cyclonic storm ‘mora’ is likely to intensify further, move in a northerly direction and may cross Chittagong – Cox’s Bazar coast by morning tomorrow, a Met Office weather bulletin said here today.

It was centered at 9am today about 530 kilometers south-southwest of Chittagong port, 445 kilometers south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 580 kilometers south-southeast of Mongla port and 510 kilometers south-southeast of Payra port.

The cyclonic storm ‘mora’ over east-central bay and adjoining area moved slightly north-northeastwards over east-central bay and adjoining North Bay area, the bulletin said.

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.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kilometers of the cyclone centre is about 62 kilometers rising to 88 kilometers in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the system.

Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to lower local warning signal number four but instead hoist danger signal number seven.

Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven.

Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower local warning signal number four but instead hoist danger signal number five.

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.

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 speed up to 62-88 kilometer per hours (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, the met office bulletin added.

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