Cloudy skies, strong winds & showers expected over the island

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The severe cyclonic storm named ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over southwest Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka, was located near latitude 11.1N, Longitude 86.5E at 02.30 a.m. of 30th April 2019, about 640 km northeast of Trincomalee. It is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It is likely to intensify furthermore and move north-northeastwards towards Odisha Coast India.

Cloudy skies, Strong winds and showery condition is expected over the island and surrounding sea areas.

Strong winds up to 60 km/h can be expected over the island, particularly in Central hilly areas, Northern, North central, Uva and Southern provinces and in Puttalam, Trincomalee and Ampara districts.

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

General public, Naval and fishing communities are requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regards.