The cyclonic storm has not entered the country early today but is expected to move past over Kankesanthurai (KKS) by this afternoon, the Department of Meteorology said.
The cyclonic storm is in the South-west Bay of Bengal was located about 100Km east of Mulattivu coast at yesterday midnight.
It is likely to move in west-northwestward direction and expected to move away from Sri Lanka this afternoon, it said.
The department also said, heavy rain and strong winds will continue in the North-central, Northern, Eastern and North-western provinces. Other areas of the island will also receive rain with heavy falls at some places.
Seas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trinconalee via Jaffna & Mullattivu will experience strong winds, very rough conditions and intermittent rain.
Therefore fishing and naval community are further advised to refrain from maritime activities in these seas.
The situation is being closely monitored by the Department of Meteorology.