November 19, 2019
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    RED Warning for Severe Lightning Featured

    October 17, 2019

    The Department of Meteorology today issued RED Warning for Severe Lightning says that Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightningare likely to occur at several places particularly in Sabaragamuwa and North-Central provinces and inVauniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Monaragala districts in the evening or night.Fairly heavy falls about 75-100 mm can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern and Northern provinces and inAnuradhapura district.Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmphare also possible during thundershowers it said.

     The Department of Meteorology advises thatpeople should:
     Seek shelter, preferably indoors and neverunder 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.

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