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* Cyclonic weather threatens Sri Lanka's North, public asked to evacuate
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 09:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 05, Colombo: A deep depression persisting is expected to move over Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula creating dangerous winds and high seas, the Meteorology Department warned.

The public living along the coastal area from Mannar to Mullativu around Jaffna peninsula via Kankasanthurai have been warned to move away from the seas to safer grounds as the sea waves can be high as 3 meters.

The fishermen have been warned not to venture into the northern seas.

A weather warning issued at 5.30 a.m. local time on 05th January 2014 said the deep depression still persists and located about 200 km to the east of Trincomalee and it is expected to move over or very closer to Jaffna peninsula today.

As such very strong winds about 100 kmph and very heavy rain (about 200mm) are expected over Northern part of the country and over Northern sea areas.

The Meteorology Department said there will be frequent showers in the Northern Province and over sea area off the coast extending from Mannar to Mullativu via Kankasanthurai.

"The seas off the coast extending from Mannar to Mullativu via Kankasanthurai will be very rough and dangerous. The public live in the said coastal areas also should be more vigilant as the sea waves can be high about 3m. Fairly strong North-easterly winds are expected to continue over other areas of the island too," it said.

There will be showers or thundershowers at times in the North-central and Eastern provinces and Thundershowers will occur at several places in the Sabaragamuwa, Central and Uva provinces during the afternoon and night.

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