Asani retires to cyclonic storm

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Staff Reporter :
Asani, the severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, turned into a cyclonic storm on Wednesday morning, met offices said.
According to the met offices, Bangladesh is now safe from the impacts of cyclone Asani.
The cyclonic storm moved west-northwestwards in the west central Bay and adjoining areas in the morning.
The cyclonic storm was centered over the west-central Bay off Andhra coast of India, about 1,335 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 1,310 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1,150 kms southwest of Mongla port.
It is likely to move in a northwesterly or northerly direction and weaken gradually into a deep depression in the next 24 hours, to the weather office special bulletin said.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre
is about 62 kmph rising to 88 kmph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone zone.
Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant warning signal number 2 to warn ships living the ports of a depression at the sea.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north Bay and in the deep sea have been advised not to venture into the deep sea and to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution.
The met office said that light to moderate rain with lightning flashes and temporary gusty or stormy wind is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Dhaka Rajshahi divisions and at many places over Rangpur division with moderately rain falls.
However, the day temperature may fall slightly and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

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