ECONOMYNEXT – Cyclonic storm Burevi is moving closer to Sri Lanka and is likely to reach Sri Lanka’s Eastern and North-eastern coast on the night of December 02, the met office said, warning of a storm surge, flash floods and damage to roofs and power lines on land.
“The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka between Trincomalee and Point-Pedro, close to Mullaithivu around tonight(within 7.00 p.m-10.00 p.m on 02 December ),” the met office said.
“This Cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph is very likely to move nearly westwards thereafter, emerge into Gulf of Mannar by tomorrow morning (December 03).
By 1430hours on December 03, Cyclone Burevi was 110 kilometres off Trincomalee and moving at 15 kilometres per hour, the Indian met office said.
The storm is expected to be around 50 kilometres off Trincomallee by 1730 hours and hit land by 2330hours, Sri Lanka’s met department said.
A torm surge of about 1 meter height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying coastal areas extending from Trincomalee to Kankasanthurai and in Pooneryn to Puttalam, the agency said.
Strong winds of 80 to 100 kilometres per hour is forecasted for December 02 and 03 in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, North Western, Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. .
Damage to huts, temporary shelters and light structures
Destroy the roof tops/ sheets etc.
Damage to power and communication lines.
Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.
Damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards. Damage to harbor yachts Flash flood
Sea water inundation in low lying areas in the near coast.
For the Land area:
Coastal hutment dwellers are advised to move to safer places. Other people in the affected areas to remain indoors.
Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.
General public is requested to be vigilant regarding impending extreme weather situation.
For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
Requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regard.
Heavy rains of up to 200 millimeters are forecast for some areas in Northern, North Central, Eastern and North Western provinces.
“Naval and fishing communities are warned not to venture to the sea areas around the island until further notice,” the warning said.
“Those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or moved safer areas as soon as possible.
The Indian met office said a storm surge of about one metre may hit the low lying areas in the Eastern coast as Burevi makes landfall.