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Cyclone Fani: Heavy rains and strong winds to lash Sri Lanka, advisory issued

April 29, 2019 2:58 PM |

Cyclone Fani over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas continues to get more marked. The storm is likely to become very severe cyclonic storm in next 24 hours and even into extremely severe cyclone in the next 48 hours. Fani is very likely to move northwestwards off the east coast till May 1 and thereafter re-curve northeastwards gradually.

Cyclone Fani at present is located nearly 600 km east of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In fact, the system has already started controlling the weather over Sri Lanka that has been witnessing light to moderate rain and thundershowers since yesterday. Till now, Katunayake has recorded extremely heavy rains to the tune of 111.8 mm. This was followed by Galle that has received 19 mm of rains, , Monaragala 4.7mm, Ratnapura 4.5 mm, Anuradhapura 3.3 mm, Kurunegala 3 mm and Katugastota 12 mm.

As per weathermen, eastern coast of the country would be majorly affected due to this. Places like Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Hambantota, Galle, Kandy and Colombo would witness fairly widespread rain and thundershowers with isolated heavy spells. Strong windy and showery condition is expected over the island today and tomorrow.

Strong winds up to 70 kmph can be expected over the island particularly in Northern, North central, North-Western and Southern provinces and in Trincomalee and Ampara districts.

Showers or thundershowers at times will occur over most parts of the island. Very heavy falls above 150 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western and North-western provinces and in Mannar district. Heavy falls of about 100 mm can be seen at some places in elsewhere.

Currently, Fani is at a safe distance but in close proximity of the island nation. The surge is coming from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, bringing in the convective and thunder clouds eventually leading to heavy rainfall. Even strong winds to the tune of 40-50 kmph would be there. Overcast sky with fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy spells for the coming 48 hours cannot be ruled out.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep and swallow sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Kankasanturai via Batticaloa and Trincomalee. The fishermen, who are in deep Sea of South-west Bay of Bengal, are advised to move safer sea areas.

Wind and Sea condition forecast for April 29

Wind speed will be (40-50) kmph in the deep and shallow Sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota and sea areas off the coast extending from Chilaw to Trincomalee via Mannar and Kankasanthurai. Above sea areas can be rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 60 kmph at times.

Also, wind speed will be (90-110) kmph, gusting up to 130kmph over the Sea areas (within 200-300 km from the center of the system) in the central part of south-west Bay of Bengal and the said sea areas can be high to very high.

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