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Foreign reports of SL storm threat not true: Met

2017-11-28 06:43:03
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The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka yesterday advised the people not to panic over foreign reports forecasting a storm or flood threats in the country.

Met Department Director Forecaster Anusha Warnasooriya told the Daily Mirror the people have begun to panic due to several foreign news reports of a storm that would likely hit Sri Lanka followed by a flood threat, however so far the Meteorology department data doesn’t have evidence to confirm such reports.

She said the Meteorology Department was observing a low level atmospheric disturbance in the Bay of Bengal however it would travel over Sri Lanka towards India.

Further she said different regions of the world are using various numerical models to collect data and forecast on the weather but all those models are not suitable for Sri Lanka therefore most foreign reports are not reliable.

She also said the build up of a storm could be identified early and the Met Department would know if there was such a threat..

A major storm hit the country last in 2000.

Meanwhile, the Met Department said that rainfall exceeding 75 mm could be expected during the next 36 hours in some places particularly in the Central, Eastern, Uva, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

It also said Misty conditions could be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the mornings with winds over 50 kmph. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


  Comments - 10

  • Dee Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:07

    Ha. Ha. Thanks to wonderful 'social media' our fuel sheds and super markets had good sales. So hilarious . Our so called 'educated professionals ' someone should now spread a tale that chicken feed imports have been halted for quality issues and then our 'educated idiots' will even buy small freezers so that they could buy all the chicken needed for the season. Seriously must try that. Our people are so gullible .

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    Dinesh Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:09

    Doesn't it scare you Dee that these people listen to politicians and vote for them.....

    Reply : 4       4

    raven Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:01

    what were you saying buddy??? its just the beggining of this storm according to pictures.winter is coming

    Reply : 0       5

    tarzan Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:57

    if something happened pls dont blame govt and ministers ? and low quality equipments

    Reply : 11       17

    Dam Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:37

    Simply they believe Facebook than real news. Never analyse whether true or not. Recently did Tsunami mock trial and no one reacted .... Something really gone wrong with people of SL

    Reply : 5       10

    Sinhala_Man Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:45

    It sure looks like lots of rain in the hills of Uva. Morning rain is unusual. No lightning, and the winds cannot be described as a cyclone. However, the local weather guys shouldn't have bee so cock sure that the rest world was wrong in its predictions. There could well be floods by tomorrow.

    Reply : 0       8

    Nipuna Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:11

    Again, met department gave a wrong forecast. Yes it is not a cyclone but we all know what happened in 29th night....

    Reply : 0       8

    Nawaz Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:00

    We experienced the cyclonic weather right thru the night and continues today, Colombo and other districts are getting worse, metrological department is cool, gives the wrong prediction, if the department predicts bright and sunny take it as disaster...We continue to have cyclonic weather2015/16/17, the disaster continues...Met dept says nothing to worry.....Let's change to advance equipments for the sake of the suffering masses.

    Reply : 0       5

    Islander Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:39

    No storm threat. I wonder what it was on the 29th evening. Met. Department Sri Lanka, if you can't get it right at least listen when someone else gives a warning. www

    Reply : 0       4

    Jason Friday, 1 December 2017 13:56

    Unbelievably bad advice especially in the face of the warnings by other country weather derpartments !!!

    Reply : 0       0

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