Fani likely to turn ‘very severe’

Severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ in the Southeast Bay and adjoining areas has moved slightly northwards and intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a bulletin on Tuesday.
The storm was centred about 1,325 km Southwest of Chattogram port, 1,260 km Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1,250 km Southwest of Mongla port and 1,230 km Southwest of Payra port on Tuesday.

It is likely to intensify further and move towards a north/north-westerly direction. Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 130 kph rising to 150 kph in gusts. The sea will remain very high near the system centre.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant warning signal number two. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.