Monsoon front intensifies
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The monsoon front over the northwest Bay of Bengal, off the Orissa coast, moved slightly northwards and intensified into a deep depression, the meteorological department said Tuesday in a special weather bulletin, reports agency.

Under its influence, a steep pressure gradient lies over the North Bay, the weather office said.
 
Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been asked to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number 3, it added.
 
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been asked to take shelter immediately and remain in shelter till further notice.
 
Low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Noakhali, Feni, Laxmipur, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirozpur, Jhalokhati, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira , offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by water surges of 2-3 feet high.
 
At 3pm, the depression was about 575 kilometres west-southwest of Chittagong port, 560 kilometres west-southwest of Cox's Bazar port and 365 kilometres southwest of Mongla port.
 
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesterly direction, crossing the Orissa coast of India near Paradwip by night.
 
Squally weather may continue to affect the maritime ports and adjoining coastal region of Bangladesh.
 
Maximum sustained wind speed within 48 kms of the depression centre is about 50 km per hour rising to 60 kph in gusts or squalls. The sea will remain rough.

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