Depression turns into cyclone ‘Asani’, warning signal 2 issued...

Depression turns into cyclone ‘Asani’, warning signal 2 issued

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:43 AM, 8 May 2022   Updated: 03:54 PM, 8 May 2022

Photo taken from the website of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD)

Photo taken from the website of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD)

The deep depression in the southeastern Bay of Bengal and nearby areas has turned into cyclone “Asani”. As a result, Distant Warning Signal No. 2 has been asked to maintain in the country’s seaports.

This information was shared in a special weather bulletin, signed by Meteorologist Md. Bazlur Rashid, director of the country’s Met Office Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), on Sunday.

The bulletin states that the deep depression over Southeast Bay and adjoining area moved northeastwards, and intensified into a cyclonic storm “Asani” over the same area (near LAT. 11.2°N, Long 89.3°E) at 6 am today (Sunday, May 8) at about 1255 kms South-southeast of Chattgoram port, 1175 kms South-southeast of Cox’s Bazar port, 1250 kms South of Mongla port, and 1205 kms South of Payra port. 

“It is likely to intensify further and move in a Northwesterly direction,” the special weather bulletin also said.

The bulletin further states that the maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclonic storm center is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls. “Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone center,” it added.

It also added that the Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra seaports have been asked to lower the warning signal number 1, instead, advised hoisting Distant Warning Signal No. 2. 

All fishing boats and trawlers stationed in the North Bay have been asked to proceed cautiously from near the coast. At the same time, they have been advised not to venture into the deep sea.

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