‘FANI’ likely to move away from SL; thundershowers expected over the island

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The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over West-central Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka, was located near latitude 18.6N, Longitude 85.2E at 02.30 a.m. of 03rd May 2019, about 1140 km northeast of Jaffna. It is likely to move north-northeastwards while moving away from the island, hence the affect from this system to the island will gradually reduce.

Strong winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in Northern, North central, North-western, Uva and Southern provinces and in Trincomalee districts.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western, Uva and North-western provinces. Heavy falls about 100-150 mm can be expected at some places in the above areas.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in Eastern and North central provinces and in Mannar district.

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