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Fishermen cautioned from going to sea

The Meteorological Department has cautioned fishermen from going to sea, forecasting rough seas and winds today (15) and tomorrow (16).

Issuing a Red Alert at 2 pm this afternoon, the Department said, “The low pressure area over south east Bay of Bengal and neighborhood is likely to developed into a depression over same region during next 12 hours and further intensify into a cyclonic storm over south Bay of Bengal in tomorrow (16th).”

“It is very likely to move northwestwards initially till 17th and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards North Bay of Bengal during 18th-20th May.”

“Under the influence of the system possibility for heavy showers or thundershowers and sudden roughness, associated with sudden increase of wind speed up to 60-70kmph is high in shallow and deep sea areas around the island during next 24 hours”

“There is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambanthota may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having (2.0-2.5) m height,” the Department said.