Red alert issued for heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas
The Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre has issued a 'red' warning for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas today (23).
The low pressure area over Bay of Bengal has become a depression and lay centered at (8.6N,85.2E) to the east of Trincomalee coast about 425km.
The Meteorology Department further states that it is expected to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and is likely to move northwestwards over the sea areas towards Northeast coast of Sri Lanka tomorrow (24).
Due to this, the possibility for intermittent showers or thundershowers and sudden roughness, associated with sudden increase of wind speed up to 70-80 kmph is high over Eastern and Northern, deep and shallow sea areas during next 24 hours.
Wind speed can increase up to 50-60 kmph at times over sea area extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo.
There is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanthurai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having (2.0-3.0) m height during next few days.
Very strong gusty winds 60-70 kmph can be expected in the land area in Eastern, Northern and Northcentral provinces, and strong gusty winds 40-50kmph can be expected in other areas.