The deep depression over northwest bay and adjoining area moved north-northeast awards further and intensified into Cyclonic Storm “Midhili”, said the special bulletin by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). The cyclonic storm was centred at 6:00am Friday about 470 kms west-southwest of Chattagram port, 445 kms west-southwest of Coxs’ Bazar port, 330 kms southwest of Mongla port and 330 kms southwest of Payra port.

This is likely to move north- northeast wards and intensify further, according to the BMD special bulletin. The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the deep depression centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls. The sea will remain very rough near the deep depression centre.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Coxs’ Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no 4. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter until further notice. Meanwhile, the cyclonic storm “Midhili” brought a cold downpour in the middle of November for Dhaka residents.