Oct 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Meteorology Department today issued a severe weather advisory as the massive cyclone Phailin approaches India's East coast.
The Met Department said the very severe cyclonic storm with strong winds is located about 1100km to the Northeast of Jaffna and moving towards India and is expected to enter Indian East coast Saturday evening.
Though there is no direct effect to Sri Lanka the winds over the island, particularly along the western slopes of the Central hills and suburb sea areas can be strengthened at times.
Heavy showers also can be expected in the southwestern parts of the island, the Department warned.
The winds over the sea area off the coast from Jaffna to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle is will be about 30-50 kilometers per hour but can gust up to 80 kilometers per hour at times, the Department said warning that sea area will be rough and dangerous.
Other sea areas around the island also will be rough at times as the wind can gust up to 65 kilometers per hour at times.
The Indian Meteorological Department warned that Phailin is expected to hit with maximum sustained winds of 210-220 kilometers per hour.