COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The Department of Meteorology says the deep depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal had intensified into a cyclonic storm.
Accordingly, the cyclonic storm “Mocha” was centered near 11.2°N and 88.1°E this morning.
The Met Department said the cyclonic storm is very likely to move north-northwestwards and gradually intensify into a severe cyclonic storm around midnight today.
Thereafter, it is expected to recurve gradually, move north-northeastwards tomorrow morning and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal.
The Met Department added the system is likely to weaken slightly from Sunday and cross southeast Bangladesh and north Myanmar coasts around noon on the 14th of May.
The Department of Meteorology said due to the system, wind speeds will be around 50-60kmph and can increase up to 70-80kmph in eastern seas during next 24 hours.
It added heavy showers or thundershowers and very rough seas can also be expected in sea areas.
Meanwhile, naval and fishing communities have been advised not to venture into the sea areas off east of Sri Lanka until further notice.
Those in eastern seas have been advised to return to coasts or move safer areas immediately.
Meanwhile, naval and fishing communities are requested to be vigilant while engaging in fishing and naval activities in the sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota.