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Thursday, 03 May 2018 - 17:12
Met Office issues extreme weather advisories
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Met Department has issued a heat weather advisory for Northern, North Central and Eastern provinces.
 
Caution level is expected in some parts of the Northern, North Central and Eastern provinces tomorrow.
 
In isolated places in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts this can go up to Extreme Caution level as well.
 
Meanwhile, the Met Department said severe thunderstorm and heavy rainfall could be prevailing in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western and Southern provinces this evening (May 03).
 
It added that thunderstorms accompanied by severe lightning and thunder are likely to occur in the warning areas during next several (about seven) hours.
 
Fairly heavy rainfalls are expected at some places (above 75 mm) and strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmph are also possible during thundershowers. 
 
Department of Meteorology advises that people should:

 Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
 
 Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms
 
 Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms
 
 Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc..
 
 Beware of fallen trees and power lines
 
 For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities
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