ECONOMYNEXT – The cyclonic storm ‘YAAS’ will become “very severe” over the next 24 hours with wind speeds up to 60-70 kmph, Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said May 24 afternoon.
Rainfall exceeding 150mm is also expected as a result of the cyclone in parts of the Western and Sabaragamua provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya districts.
The Met Department said in a statement that Yaas is very likely to move north-northwestwards towards the west Bengal coasts by the evening of May 26.
Sporadic showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Western and Southern provinces as a result of the southwest monsoon condition that is gradually establishing over the country, the statement said.
Wind speeds in Sri Lanka can increase up to 50-60kmph and up to 70kmph in the Western slope of the central hills and the Northern, North Central, North Western and Uva provinces and in the Kegalle, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Trincomalee and Hambantota district.
The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damage caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers, the department said.
The sea area around the island will be very rough at times, the met department further said, forecasting temporary, strong gusty winds and very rough seas during thundershowers. (Colombo/May24/2021)