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Cyclone “Amphan” packing 100 km winds moving towards West Bengal

EXTREMELY SEVERE AMPHAN – Cyclone packing 100 kilometre an hour winds is moving towards West Bengal but bringing wind and rain to Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The cyclone Amphan has now grown into a very severe storm in the Bay of Bengal bringing more rain and strong winds across Sri Lanka, the Meteorological Department said.

Amphan is nearly 800 kilometres North East of Trincomalee and moving away from the island, but its effect is sucking wind from the South Western part of Sri Lanka

International weather watchers have graded Amphan as an “Extremely Severe Cyclonic storm” which means it is packing winds speeding at 166 kilometers an hour.

It is due to hit the coast of West Bengal tomorrow.

This means wind and rain across Sri Lanka and heavy showers bringing more than 150 millimeters of rain over many parts of the country.

Wind speeds over the island will reach 60 to 70 kilometers an hour.

These conditions have made the seas around Sri Lanka unsafe as strong winds are expected to lead to very rough seas. Fishing vessels are advised to return to shore.

Showers or thundershowers will occur in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces with isolated very heavy showers exceeding 150 mm.

There may be showers or thundershowers in the North and North-central provinces and rain in the afternoon or night elsewhere.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity during thundershowers.

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Reported by Arjuna Ranawana