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Strong winds and heavy rain expected as ‘FANI’ intensifies

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Strong winds and heavy showers are expected all over the island today (29) and tomorrow as the cyclonic storm FANI (pronounced ‘Foni’) intensifies, the Department of Metrology said.

Currently located about 580km east of Batticaloa, FANI is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours and will further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours.

According to the Met Department, the system is “very likely” to move northwestwards off the east coast till 1 May and thereafter gradually recurve northeastwards.

Strong winds up to 60 km/h are expected across the county, particularly in Northern, North Central, Northwestern and Southern provinces, and especially in the Trincomalee and Ampara districts.

Heavy falls above 150mm are expected in some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western and Northwestern provinces and also in the Mannar district.

Showers or thunder showers are forecast to occur in most parts of the island, while heavy falls of about of 100mm are also likely to occur in some areas.

The Met Department urges the public, naval and fishing communities to play close attention to future advisories issued by the department.