‘BUREVI’ to hit east coast between 7-10 pm tonight

Cyclone ‘Burevi’ is expected to blow across the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka between 7 pm and 10 pm tonight (December 02), the Department of Meteorology warned.

The cyclonic storm ‘ ‘Burevi’ over the south-west Bay of Bengal, lay centered near latitude 8.4°N and longitude 83.4°E, about 240 km east-southeast of Trincomalee at 0530 hrs today.

The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka between Trincomalee and Point-Pedro, close to Mullaitivu around tonight, within 7 pm-10 pm tonight.

This Cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph is very likely to move nearly westwards thereafter, emerge into the Gulf of Mannar by tomorrow morning (December 03).

Due to this system Storm surge of about 1-meter height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas extending from Trincomalee to Kankesanturai and from Pooneryn to Puttalam.