Cyclonic storm Asani over West-Central Bay off Andhra coast recurved and moved northwards.
It is likely to move in a north or northeasterly direction and weaken gradually into a deep depression in the next 24 hours, according to a Met office bulletin.
It was centered about 1,325 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 1,300 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1,135 kms southwest of Mongla port and 1,170 kms southwest of Payra port around 12pm, the Met office 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 to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution. They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.