Cyclone to move away this afternoon

The cyclonic storm in the South-west Bay of Bengal was located about 100Km east of Mulattivu coast at midnight and is likely to move in a west-northwestward direction and move away from Sri Lanka area after 1200 noon today, the early warning center of the Department of Meteorology said.

Heavy rain and strong winds will continue in the North-central, Northern, Eastern and North-western provinces. Other areas of the island will also receive rain with heavy falls at some places.

Seas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trinconalee via Jaffna and Mullattivu will experience strong winds, very rough conditions and intermittent rain. Therefore fishing and naval community are further advised to refrain from maritime activities in these seas.

The situation is being closely monitored by the Department of Meteorology. (Colombo Gazette)