The deep depression over East-central Bay and adjoining area has intensified into a cyclonic storm “Bulbul”.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisting distant warning signal number two due to the deep depression.
A special weather bulletin of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said it centred at 9am on Thursday about 900km south-southwest of Chattogram port, 830km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 875km south of Mongla port and 835km south of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesterly direction, the bulletin added.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls, it said, adding that the sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.
They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.