Amphan moving forwards with speed of 245 kmph
Published: 02:12 PM, 19 May 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The super cyclone ‘Amphan’ over the west-central bay and adjoining area moved north-northeastwards and now lies over the same area. Maximum sustained wind speed within 90 kms of the cyclone centre is about 225 kph rising to 245 kph in gusts or squalls.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said this in its special weather bulletin number 25 issued at 12:30 pm on Tuesday.
The Met Office said that the cyclone was centred at 12 noon on Tuesday about 810 km southwest of Chattogram port, 765 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 695 km south-southwest of Mongla port and 690 km south-southwest of Payra port.
Under the influence of the cyclone and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-10 feet height above normal astronomical tide. These coastal regions are likely to experience wind speed up to 140-160 kph in gusts or squalls with heavy to very heavy falls during the passage of the cyclone.
Meteorologist Bazlur Rashid said that if the centre of Amphan is the Sundarbans, there would be no mentionable damage. However, there will be a lot of damage if the centre is Patuakhali. For this, the location has to be fixed first. That's why after fixing the location, we will talk about speed.
Meanwhile, maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number seven. Coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number seven.
On the other hand, maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number six. Coastal districts of Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number six.