Khulna and adjoining southwestern coastal areas will feel the peripheral effect of the cyclone by Friday morning
Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist danger signal no. seven as severe cyclonic storm Fani draws nearer.
According to a met office weather bulletin on Thursday, coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirozpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars will also come under danger signal seven.
Meanwhile, maritime port of Chittagong has been advised to lower local warning signal no. four and hoist danger signal no. six.
The coastal districts of Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will also come under danger this signal.
Maritime ports of Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted local warning signal no. four.
The cyclone over the Westcentral bay and adjoining area moved north-northeastwards and around 9am was centred about 1065km southwest of Chittagong port, 1025km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 915 km southwest of mongla port and 925km southwest of payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northeasterly direction. It will cross Odisha coast of India.
Later on Friday evening, it will move north-northeasterly direction towards Khulna and adjoining southwestern part of Bangladesh.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 74km of the storm centre is about 160Kph rising to 180kph in gusts/ squalls.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to take shelter immediately and will remain in shelter till further notice.