Bangladesh Meteorological Department Director Mohammad Shah Alam told
bdnews24.com that the cyclone was expected to cross over to Myanmar in
the next three to five hours. “We will consider lowering danger signal after the storm clears the coast,” he said. "It is weakening."
From 6am-12noon, the storm sustained wind speed of 50 kilometres per hour, but later windspeeds fell to 25 kilometres per hour.
“ While crossing Patuakhali, the storm lost much of its strength dissipated by gusty winds and rainfall.”
He said the storm might pass away from Bangladesh by 9:00pm at night. Weather forecast light to moderate rainfalls through coastal areas of Bangladesh and some inland regions until Friday morning.
Cyclone Mahasen hit Patuakhali coast with wind speed up to 90 kilometres per hour on Thursday morning.
But instead of gaining strength on impact, it weakened after it. "It
is not a severe cyclone. It did not gain strength in the last part of
its journey as it hit the coast," said Shamsuddin Ahmed, deputy director
of Bangladesh Met department. South-eastern districts were
experiencing gusty winds accompanied by rainfall. More than 100 huts
have collapsed in Patuakhali amidst a power blackout in the region.
Cox’s Bazar was also without power.
Control room said two elderly men died, crushed by trees, in Bhola and Barguna districts.
lying coastal areas were already submerged under at least two feet
water,bdnews24.com Correspondents reported. However, authorities had
moved away one million people ahead of the storm on Wednesday night.
Maritime ports of Chittagong And Cox’s Bazar were still retaining danger signal ‘7’. The
coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni,
Chandpur, Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal and their offshore
islands and chars were also advised to keep up danger signal ‘7’.
port was advised to hoist danger signal number '5'. As were the coastal
districts of Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and
their offshore islands and chars