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Naval, fishing communities urged not to venture into sea areas until further notice

By: Isuru Parakrama

Colombo (LNW): Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the sea areas bounded by (01N – 12N) and between (85E – 100E) until further notice, due to the ongoing low-level atmospheric disturbance in the south east Bay of Bengal area, which has intensified in to a low-pressure area, the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Department of Meteorology announced.

The system will gradually develop into a depression on May 09 and then into a cyclonic storm on the following day (10), more likely to move north-northeastwards Bangladesh Myanmar coasts, the statement said.

Due to the occurrence, wind speeds will be (50-60) kmph and can increase up to 70 kmph in sea areas bounded by (01N – 12N) and (85E – 95E).

Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Southern provinces, and several spells of showers will occur in Northern provinces, the Department said.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere over the island particularly during the afternoon or night, and strong winds about (40-45) kmph can be expected at times over western and southern coastal areas and along the western slopes of the central hills, it added.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

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