The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Phailin’ over West central Bay and adjoining East central Bay moved slightly Northwestwards over West central Bay and adjoining Northwest Bay.
It was centered about 815 kms west-southwest of Chittagong port, 770 kms west-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port and 645 kms southwest of Mongla port at 12.00 pm on Saturday.
It was likely to move in a northwesterly direction and may cross Orissa coast of India South of Puri near Gopalpur by Saturday evening, said a special bulletin of the Met office.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 200 kph rising to 220 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough.
Under the peripherila influence of the very severe cyclonic storm, deep convection may occur over the North Bay. Gusty or squally wind may affect the North Bay, the coastal regions and maritime ports of Bangladesh.
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to lower distant warning signal no 3.
Under the influence of very severe storm, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind-driven surge of 2-3 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter until further notice