Cyclone Nargis moves northeast
Thursday, 01 May 2008

The severe cyclonic storm Nargis over the west central and southwest Bay of Bengal has moved northeastwards, according to a special weather bulletin issued Wednesday morning, reports agency.

The cyclonic storm was centred at 0900 about 1,075 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 1,015 kms southwest of Cox's Bazar port and 960 kms south-southwest of Mongla port, the meteorological department said in its bulletin.

It is likely to intensify further while moving in a north-northeasterly direction. Maximum sustained wind speed, within a 64 km radius of the storm centre, is about 90 kms per hour rising to 115 kms per hour in gusts or squalls.

The sea will remain very rough over the north Bay and there will be high seas nearer the cyclone, the bulletin said. The maritime ports of Chittagong,

Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been asked to keep hoisted the distant warning signal number 2. All fishing boats and trawlers over the north Bay have been asked to stay close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are strongly advised not to venture into open sea.

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