Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Country’s three maritime ports have been asked to hoist warning signal two as the severe cyclonic storm ‘Jal’ over the southwest Bay and adjoining Tamilnadu coast moved northwestwards over the same area on Sunday.

It was centered at 12 noon Sunday about 1500 kms south-west of Chittagong port, 1440 kms south-west of Cox’s Bazar port and 1360 kms of south-southwest of Mongla port.

“It is likely to move in a west-northwesterly direction further and may cross north Tamilnadu-south Andhra cost near Chennai of India by evening/night today (Sunday),” a Bangladesh Metrological Department special bulletin said.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the severe cyclonic storm centre is about 89 kph rising to 115 kph in gust or squalls. Sea will remain high.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted distant warning signal number two.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

BBN/SSR/AD-07Nov10-2:03 pm (BST)