November 14, 2019
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    Special Advisory for Heavy Rain, Strong wind and Severe Lightning

    October 15, 2019

    The Department of Meteorology today issued Special Advisory for Heavy Rain, Strong wind and Severe Lightning says that Due to the low level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island during next Few days. Showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the island particularly after 2.00 p.m.
    Temporary localized strong winds (up to 70-80 kmph) and severe lightning during thundershowers. Fairly heavy falls about 100 mm can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa,Central, North-western, Uva and Southern provinces, it said.

    Since,
     Damage to thatched huts/houses, roof tops may blow off and unattached metal
    sheets may fly.
     Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.
     Damages cause by Lightning are expected
    The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
     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.
     Coastal hutment dwellers are advised to move to safer places. Other people in the
    affected areas to remain indoors.
     Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
     For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities

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