Cyclonic storm Burevi over the South-West Bay of Bengal is now located near to the island and it is expected to make landfall during the next two hours between Trincomalee and Point Pedro, close to Mullaitivu, said the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre in its latest weather advisory issued at 7:00 pm on Wednesday (Dec. 02).
The cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph is very likely to move nearly westwards, thereafter emerge into the Gulf of Mannar by tomorrow morning.
A storm surge of about 1-meter height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas extending from Trincomalee to Kankasanthurai and in Pooneryn to Puttalam.
The Department of Meteorology said the storm will bring Very Strong Gusty Winds of 80-100 kmph in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, North-Western, Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa both today and tomorrow.
According to the weather advisory, other provinces may experience gusty winds of about 60-70 kmph.
In the advisory for rainfall, the Met Departments predicts intermittent showers at many places, with very heavy showers exceeding 200 mm in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, and North-Western provinces today.
Heavy rainfall of over 100 mm is predicted over the other provinces with 50 mm of rainfall in the Southern province.
The general public is requested to be vigilant regarding the impending extreme weather situation.