Long-distance cyclone warning signal (Stage Two) has been raised at Pamban port on Monday, following a bulletin from the Indian Meteorological Department that the cyclonic storm ‘Mahasen’ lay over southeast Bay of Bengal, 690 km southeast of Chennai.

Fishermen warned

Port Conservator Vijay said the warning has been raised following instructions from the Meteorological Department, and advised fishermen to take note of the warning and avoid going deep into the sea. The bulletin said the cyclonic storm over southeast Bay of Bengal moved slightly towards northwest with a speed of 10 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at about 690 km southeast of Chennai.

It would move initially north-northwestwards during next 12 hours and re-curve thereafter north-eastwards towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coast, it said.

As the 45-day ban is in force only country-craft fishermen were engaged in fishing and they normally indulge in inshore fishing.

Special Correspondent writes from Nagapattinam:

Signal Two indicating ‘distant warning’ was hoisted here at the port office, even as Cyclone Mahasen was poised 690 km southeast of Chennai.

As of Monday evening, Cyclone Mahasen was centred northwestwards, moving at 10 km per hour in the Bay of Bengal.

The forecast entails initial movement north-northwestwards during the next 12 hours and recurve mortheastwards towards Bangladesh-Myanmar.

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