The severe cyclonic storm ‘vardah’ is likely to move further westwards, weaken gradually and cross north Tamilnadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast of India by Monday afternoon.
As the storm is heading toward Indian states Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the authority of that states have taken all out measures and asked all to stay on high alert.
As the cyclone advances, people of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been asked to stay indoors as a precautionary measure. Educational institutions in four districts of India will remain closed for Monday.
However, the Bangladesh meteorological Department has advised all four maritime ports -- Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra -- to keep hoisted distant warning signal number two.
The ‘vardah’ over west-central bay and adjoining southwest bay moved further westwards over the same area, according to latest bulletin of Bangladesh met office.
It was centred at 6 am today about 1510 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 1470 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1360 kms southwest of Mongla port and 1375 kms southwest of Payra port.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the storm centre is about 100 kph rising to 120 kph in gusts/ squalls. Sea will remain high, it added.
All fishing boat and trawler over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.