‘FANI’ moving away from Sri Lanka

Thursday, 2 May 2019

The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ over West-central Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka, is likely to move north-northeastwards while moving away from the island towards the Odisha coast of India.

The Met. Department said it was located near latitude 15.2N, Longitude 84.1E at 11.30 p.m. of 01st May 2019, about 750 km northeast of Jaffna. Cloudy skies, strong winds and showery conditions are expected to continue over the island and surrounding sea areas.

Strong winds up to 60 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in Central hilly areas, Northern, North central, Uva and Southern provinces and in Puttalam, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western, Uva and North-western provinces and in Mannar district.

Heavy rainfall about 100 mm can be expected at some places in the above areas, the department said. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere.