Cyclone to intensify over next 12 hrs

The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal lay centered at (10.0N, 83.3E) to the northeast of Trincomalee coast about 280km and it is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 12 hours, stated the Meteorology Department.

It is expected to be move northwestwards and cross Tamil-Nadu coast during next 48 hours.

Under the influence of this system, very strong gusty winds (60-70)kmph can be expected in Eastern, Northern and North-central provinces. Strong gusty winds (40-50)kmph can be expected elsewhere. Cloudy skies can be expected over Northern, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Trincomalee district.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northernand North-Central provinces and in Trincomalee district. Heavy falls above 100mm are likely at some places.

Several spells of showers will occur in Western, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by strong winds.

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