ECONOMYNEXT – The cyclone Burevi was over the northern peninsula this morning and the Meteorological Department says its effects will last for another 24 hours making the seas from Colombo to Puttalam through Kankesanturai to Trincomalee unsafe.
In a statement released through the Department of Government Information, the Met Department said that strong winds and heavy rain will occur in the Northern, North Central, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces until noon today.
The effect of Burevi will gradually lessen through the day, the statement added.
It added that the winds, blowing from the West to North-east may reach speeds of 80kmph throughout the next 24 hours.
Burevi made landfall on the island between Thiriyay and Kuchchaveli on the Northeastern part of the island last night, the Disaster Management Centre reported.
The Met Dept predicts that Burevi will finish traversing Sri Lanka by noon today and the effects of the cyclone will dissipate thereafter.
Until then fishing and naval activity in the seas from Colombo to Trincomalee through Kankesanturai is discouraged, the Department said. (Colombo December 3, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana