Warnings issued for severe lightning and heavy rain

Warnings issued for severe lightning and heavy rain

October 20, 2019   05:34 pm

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Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places, particularly in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva North-western and Northern provinces and in Anuradhapura district in the evening or night.

Heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North-western, Uva and Southern provinces, stated the Department of Meteorology.

Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected at some places elsewhere.  Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmph are also possible during thundershowers.

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.

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