Cyclone 'Mahasen' moving North-Western direction
The low pressure condition that was evident close to the Bay of Bengal has developed into a cyclone. Names that have been proposed by the countries in the Asian regions are used when naming cyclonic situations that form in the Arabian Sea and in the Bay of Bengal. This time Sri Lanka was granted the opportunity to name this cyclone and it has been named Mahasen.
The Met Department said that the cyclonic conditions are increasing and its centre was moving in the north-west direction. The Mahasen cyclonic storm formed in the Bay of Bengal was centred 650 kilo metres east of Mulaitivu by Sunday evening.
Director General of the Met Department S.H. Kariyawasam said that the sea off the coast of Jaffna to Hambantota through Batticaloa will remain rough and rain and strong winds with the velocity of 70 kilo metres per hour could be experienced. It adds that engaging in fishing and naval activities is not advisable as there may be strong winds accompanied by rains.
It further said there will be intermittent showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and Galle and Matara districts today.