The deep depression in east-central Bay of Bengal has finally intensified into a tropical cyclonic storm ‘Maarutha’ on Saturday night prompting the Met office to advise distant warning signal No. 2 for maritime ports in Bangladesh.
It is the first cyclone of the season to form in Indian Sea.
Maarutha is very likely to gain more strength in the next few hours but its further intensification into a severe cyclone is not likely. With not much sea travel left and increasing vertical wind shear will hamper it from getting more marked.
All fishing boat and trawler over North Bay and deep sea have been advised not to venture into the deep sea.
The deep depression was centred about 645 kms South-Southwest of Chittagong port, 560 kms South-Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 735 kms South of Mongla port and 655 kms South of Payra port at 9 am Sunday, said a MET office release.
“It is likely to intensify further and move in a North-Northeasterly direction further,” MET office bulletin said.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh