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Amphan Super Cyclone moves away from Sri Lanka to hit India, Bangladesh

SUPER STORM: An animation of the super cyclonic storm Amphan released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

ECONOMYNEXT – Super cyclonic storm Amphan had moved 1250 kilometers away from Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee coast but it will still generate high rainfall and lightning in several areas of the island, the Meteorological Department said.

At least 3 people have died in Sri Lanka in Matara and Ratnapura districts, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said.

Amphan is now moving towards India and Bangladesh where evacuations have begun amid a Coronavirus crisis.

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The weather system is said to be the second Super Cyclonic Storm to hit Northeastern Bay of Bengal region since records began.

“It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards away from the island across West Bengal coast during the afternoon today (20th May),” the met office said.

“Due to the influence of the system, Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy showers about 100 mm in the western slope of central hills, particularly in Nuwara-Eliya, Kaluthara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts.

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“Wind speed can increase up to (40-50) kmph at times over the island.”

The storm was around 1000 kilometers off Sri Lanka a day earlier.

Sri Lanka’s Kaluganga was at minor flood level near Ratnapura. Floods and landslides have been reported in several areas.

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Multi-day boats and vessels in the seas off Sri Lanka have also been asked to be cautious with winds gusting of over 100 kmph in the northern Bay of Bengal area.

Multi-Day boat forecast issued at 0700h May 20.

Sea areas around the island

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle and Hambantota.

Winds will be South-westerly in the sea area around the island. Wind speed will be (45-55) kmph. Wind speed can increase up to (70-80) kmph at times in the sea area extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle and Hambantota.

The sea areas around the island can be rough and the sea area extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Colombo, Galle, Hambantota and Potuvil will be very rough at times.

Temporarily strong gusty winds (up to 70-80 kmph) and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

Naval and fishing communities are requested to be vigilant in this regards.

Bay of Bengal

The Super Cyclonic storm ”AMPHAN” lay centered as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic storm over west-central Bay of Bengal and neighborhood, at 11.30 p.m. on 19th May near latitude 18.4°N and longitude 87.1°E, about 1250 km North-east of Trincomalee. It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards away from the island across west Bengal coast during the afternoon today (20th May).

Fishing and naval community are requested to be attentive regarding future forecasts issued in this regard.

Weather:

15N-20N, 80E-95E : Intermittent showers or thundershowers.

12N-15N, 80E-95E : Showers or thundershowers at times.

Other sea areas : Showers or thundershowers at several places.

Winds:

15N-20N, 80E-95E : Anticlockwise / (100-150) kmph; gusting up to (200) kmph.

00-15N, 80E-95E : South-westerly / (40-50) kmph; gusting up to (60-70) kmph.

Other sea areas : South-westerly / (35-45) kmph.

Sea State:

10N-20N, 80E-95E : High to very high.

00-10N, 80E-95E : Rough to very rough.

Other sea areas : Moderate, fairly rough at times.

Arabian sea areaSouth Indian sea area

Weather:

05S-10S, 85E-100E : Showers or thundershowers at times.

00-10S, 60E-75E : Showers or thundershowers at several places.

Other sea areas : Showers or thundershowers at a few places.

Winds:

00-10S, 85E-100E : North-Westerly to South-westerly / (40-50) kmph; gusting up to 60 kmph.

05S-10S, 60E-85E : Clockwise / (25-35) kmph.

: Clockwise / (25-35) kmph.

Other sea areas

Sea State:

00-10S, 85E-100E : Rough to very rough.

05S-10S, 60E-85E : Fairly rough, rough at times.

Other sea areas : Moderate.

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