Met. Dept. issues RED ALERT for severe lightning
The Meteorology Department has issued a red alert for heavy rain and lightning at 1 pm today ( 4).
Accordingly, the department notes that thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places, particularly in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and North-central provinces and in Colombo, Kaluthara and Kurunegala districts in the evening or night.
The Met department added that temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmph were possible during thundershowers.
The Met department has advised the public to:
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.
Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.
Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.
Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.