Cyclone Amphan to hit Sri Lanka, the country prepares for receiving heavy showers in many places

by Carter Toni

Department of Metrology in Sri Lanka has predicted on May 19th that the Super Cyclone Storm Amphan, coming over west central Bay of Bengal and the neighbouring areas, is lying cantered near Trincomalee at 11,30 PM on Monday 18th.

Cyclone Amphan to hit Sri Lanka

It has been predicted by the Sri Lankan Department of Meteorology that on Tuesday May 19th that the Super Cyclone storm, Amphan, which is over west central Bay of Bengal and the surrounding areas, is lying centred near Trincomalee at 11.30 PM on Monday May 18th.

The sri Lankan Department of Metrology predicted the cyclone Amphan to move north north-eastward towards west Bengal coast during the Afternoon of May 20th, Wednesday.

“Due to the influence of the system, the prevailing showery condition over the island particularly in the south-western part is likely to continue further. Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places. Wind speed can increase up to (50-60) kmph at times over the island. Cloudy skies can be expected over the island,” it said.

The department of Metrology, Sri Lanka also predicted about showers or thundershowers to occur at frequent intervals in the Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western provinces. Isolated heavy showers more than 100 mm, in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Matale, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, and in Matara districts.

The Sri Lankan Northern and North Central provinces are also expected to receive many spells of heavy showers.

The Sri lankan metrological department has made an appeal to the people of these areas to take proper precautions to protect themselves and minimise the possible damage that can be caused by the cyclone. The damage can also be caused by lightening activities during the thundershowers.

In the mean time, the Department of Metrology in India has predicted that this super cyclone Amphan is very likely to move towards north and north eastward across the north west of Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal Bangladesh coasts between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh. It is close to Sundarbans. It will be during May 20th afternoon or evening. This extremely severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 165 to 175 KM per hour is expected to hit the area and the wind speed can go up to 195 km per hour.

Government of India nd the state government has taken all the precautionary measures to protect the locals by evacuating them to safe shelters.

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