The cyclonic storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over southeast Bay of Bengal to the east of Sri Lanka was located near latitude 8.4N, Longitude 86.9E at 11.30 p.m. of 28th April 2019, about 580km east of Batticaloa. It is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours. The system is very likely to move northwestwards off the east coast till 1st May and thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually.
Strong windy and showery condition is expected over the island today and tomorrow.
Strong winds up to 60 km/h 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 the Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western and North-western provinces and in Mannar district and also heavy falls about 100 mm can be are also likely at some places in elsewhere.
General public, Naval and fishing communities are requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regards.