By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): The depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into a Deep Depression and lay centred near 8.8°N and 88.9°E at 8.30 am yesterday (10)m and will be further intensifying into a severe cyclonic storm by today (11) morning, spreading up to north-northeastwards towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts on May 14, warned the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Department of Meteorology.
Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the sea areas bounded by (03N – 20N) and between (85E – 100E) until further notice, the Centre said, urging the naval and fishing communities to be vigilant whilst engaging in fishing and naval activities in the sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota. These communities have also been instructed to stay vigilant for future forecasts issued by the Dept.
Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Southern provinces, and fairly heavy showers about 75 mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts, the Department said in its daily weather forecast today (11).
Several spells of showers will occur in the Northern province, and showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere over the island particularly during the afternoon or night.
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.
General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.