Sri Lanka’s fishermen in the Northern and Eastern seas have been asked to come ashore as 100 kilometres per hour wind are expected from a cyclonic storm developing in the Bay of Bengal.
“Naval and fishing communities are warned not to venture to the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Mannar, Kankasanthurai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa,” Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department said in a red alert.
“Those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or moved safer areas immediately.
“Naval and fishing communities are request to be vigilant during the activities in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and further requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology.”
A depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal about 325 kilometres north east of Trincomallee was likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours and move towards the Tamil Nadu coast, becoming a severe cyclonic storm.
The weather system is likely to generate 80 – 100 kmph winds over the Eastern and Northern deep and shallow seas over on November 24.
Very strong gusty winds over 60 – 70 kmph are expected over the Eastern, Northern and Northeastern areas. Rains over 100 to 150 millimetres could be expected on November 24.
People living in Eastern, Northern and North-Central provinces were also requested to be vigilant and await further reports.