DHAKA: The cyclonic storm “Bulbul” over east-central bay and adjoining Area moved north-northwestwards over the same area and it intensified into a “very heavy cyclonic storm”.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No. 4. The cyclonic storm “Bulbul” may hit Bangladesh any time on Saturday, an official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department said on Friday.
“It is expected to move through the southwestern part of Bangladesh or its surrounding area. It could cross Bangladesh coast by Saturday (November 9) morning or noon,” Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman told Banglanews.
“Bulbul” was still 700 kilimetres away from the Bangladeshi coast around 10:00am and was advancing towards Bangladesh and India’s West-Bengal.
Besides, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) saidCyclone Bulbul was about 690 km south of Kolkata, 420 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 650 km south-southwest of Bangladesh's Khepupara at 6.30 am.
Earlier on Thursday, Bangaldesh met office has advi sed maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra to hoist local cautionary signal number three.
The sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre, the Met Office added.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain very close to the coast and proceed with caution so that they can take shelter within a short notice.
They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.
BDST: 1254 HRS, NOV 8, 2019