Cyclone to hit East Sri Lanka: Rain, rough seas forecast

The Meteorological Department yesterday informed that the deep depression in the south-east Bay of Bengal was likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and cross the eastern coast of Sri Lanka between Batticaloa and Point-Pedro in the

evening or night today. “The sea area around the island will be very rough to high as the wind speed can be increased up to (80-100) kmph at times. Naval and fishing communities are warned not to venture to the sea areas around the island from December 1until further notice.Those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or move to safer areas,” the Department warned.

“The deep depression in the south-east Bay of Bengal lay centered 500 km southeast to Trincomalee yesterday noon. It is expected to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and very likely to cross Sri Lanka. Due to this situation the rainy and windy condition is expected to enhance considerably over the island.

“Intemittent showers or thundershowers will occur in the Eastern, Northern, Northern-central, North-western ,Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Very heavy rainfall above 200mm can be expected at some places. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere. Heavy rainfall above 100mm can be expected at some places.

“Very strong gusty winds (80-90) kmph can be expected in Northern, North-Central, Eastern, North-Western, Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Strong gusty winds (60-70) kmph can be expected elsewhere,” the weather bulletin said.

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