POST TIME: 11 October, 2018 01:05:27 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 October, 2018 11:10:05 AM
Cyclone Titli to trigger rain in coastal areas
Special Correspondent

Cyclone Titli to trigger rain in coastal areas

Motor vessels lie anchored at Sadarghat Launch Terminal in the capital yesterday as maritime ports are asked to hoist signal 4 for the cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal. Focus Bangla Photo

Cyclonic storm Titli, which has been brewing in south Bay of Bengal since Monday, developed into a severe storm by late yesterday. It sailed towards the south-eastern Indian state of Odisha, packing winds reaching a speed of 120 kmph. It was expected to brush past Gangetic West Bengal and move towards Bangladesh, triggering likely rain in the central region, southern and south-western coastal region and the Chattogram division, Met Office sources said yesterday.

What was born out of a low pressure area surfacing in the west central Bay of Bengal area, slowly intensified into a cyclonic storm by late Tuesday  and was roosting in the west central Bay. It gained further strength from its stay there to become a severe cyclone around 3 pm on Tuesday and was poised to move away up above its roosting place yesterday night.

Met sources said it would leave a parting kick to the country’s weather, leaving it cloudy and packed with winds and rains.

As Cyclone Titli intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, the Met Office upgraded its warning for the maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra to local warning signal number 4 at 7.30 am yesterday.

The Met Office also asked fishing boats and trawlers in north Bay not to venture to the deep till further notice.

As a precautionary measure, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) ordered the closure of all movement of inland water vessels to all routes from Sadarghat, Dhaka, from yesterday evening, till the cyclonic storm went away, expectedly sometime on Thursday night.