The severe cyclonic storm, dubbed Titli, over west central Bay continued to gain strength as it turned into a very severe storm Wednesday night.
Titli may bring dangerous flooding and gusty winds to parts of India and Bangladesh by Saturday, weather forecasting services AccuWeather said Wednesday night.
Locations at risk for impacts include Visakhapatnam, Brahmapur, Puri, Kharagpur and Kolkata in India and Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Ahead of landfall, Titli is expected to strengthen to a very severe tropical cyclone, bringing sustained winds of at least 120km per hour.
‘This is equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific tropical basins,’ AccuWeather said.
Indian met office in a bulletin issued at 8:15pm said that the storm was moving north-westward at 14 kmph and was likely to make landfall between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Thursday morning.
The cyclone was moving with wind blowing up to 155 kmph, said the bulletin.
After making landfall, the cyclone was likely to re-curve and move north-eastward toward the Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, said the IMD bulletin.
‘We will feel the impact of the cyclone, but from very far, in the form of drizzling or windy atmosphere,’ said Bangladeshi meteorologist Arif Hossain.
He said that coastal areas, including Barishal, Barguna and Chandpur, may experience heavy rain on Thursday.
Bangladesh sky remained clouded throughout the day on Wednesday with drizzling in different areas, including capital Dhaka, said Arif.
A bulletin issued by Bangladesh met office at 12:15am said that the cyclone was 880 km southwest of Chattogram port, 850km southwest of Cox’s Bazaar, 720 km southwest of Mongla and 740 km southwest of Payra ports at 6:00 pm on Wednesday.
‘It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/north-westerly direction,’ said the bulletin.
It issued signal four for the four maritime ports until further notice and advised all fishing boats and trawler to remain in shelter.
The met office also issued signal two for inland river ports in Dhaka, Faridpur, Madaripur, Khulna, Barishal, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar regions.
New Age correspondent in Barishal reported that transportation on all 22 river routes in the district until weather condition improved.
It drizzled daylong in the district.
Cyclone preparedness programme deputy director in Barishal Abdur Rashid said that they put 55,260 volunteers on alert to respond to emergency situation.
He said that the volunteers were working hard to inform fishermen community about the cyclone so that they did not venture into the sea until the situation improved.
Chattogram Port Authority secretary Omar Faruque said that they had stopped the unloading of imported goods from lighterage ships from outer anchorage to avoid wetting those during rain.
But the regular container handling activities of CPA was going on, New Age staff correspondent in Chattogram reports.
In the outer anchorage workers unload goods by tying small ships to the mother vessel. Amid rain it is difficult to unload wheat, pulse, sugar and rice. So, they stop unloading those, CPA officials said.
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