Red alert for ‘Cyclone Amphan’ | Daily News


 

Red alert for ‘Cyclone Amphan’

The Meteorology Department yesterday issued a “Red” alert warning urging people to be cautious of adverse weather due to the cyclonic storm “Amphan†.

The storm which had intensified into a severe cyclonic storm lay centered about 610 kms North-east of Trincomalee.

The Cyclonic Storm “Ampha” (pronounced as UM-PUN) over the South east Bay of Bengal and neighborhood, is likely to intensify further into a “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm” during the coming 12 hours. It is very likely to move North wards during next 24 hours and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards west Bengal coast during May 20.

The Meteorology Department said that this may cause the prevailing showery condition over the island to cause very heavy showers above 150 mm particularly in the Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western districts and there is a possibility for a sudden increase of wind speed up to (50-60) kmph at times over the island.

The public have been asked to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by lightning activity during thundershowers.

The Metorology Department further said that wind speed can increase up to 60 to 70 kmph at times in the sea area extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota.

The sea areas around the island can be fairly rough and the sea area extending from Puttalam Pottuvil to via Galle and Hambantota will be rough to very rough at times.

The Naval and Fishing community have been advised not to venture into the swallow and deep sea areas around the country until further notice and requested to be attentive regarding future forecasts issued with regard to the cyclonic situation arisen in the aforementioned areas.


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