ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s fishermen in the Northern and Eastern seas have been asked to come ashore as 100 kilometres per hour wind are expected from a cyclonic storm developing in the Bay of Bengal, the Department of Meteorology said.
The deep depression, which was 325 kilometres away from the Northeastern port of Trincomallee on Monday had come neared to 280 kilometres by Tuesday morning.
“It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 12 hours,” Sri Lanka’s met office said.
“It is expected to be move northwestwards and cross Tamil-Nadu coast during next 48 hours.
“Naval and fishing communities are warned not to venture to the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Mannar, Kankasanthurai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
“Those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or moved safer areas immediately.
“Naval and fishing communities are request to be vigilant during the activities in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and further requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology.
The storm will generate 80 – 100 kmph winds over the Eastern and Northern deep and shallow seas over on November 24.
Very strong gusty winds over 60 – 70 kmph are expected over the Eastern, Northern and Northeastern areas. Rains over 100 to 150 millimetres could be expected on November 24.
People living in Eastern, Northern and North-Central provinces were also requested to be vigilant and await further reports. (Colombo/Nov23/2020)