Cyclone “Jal” was storming off Jaffna and heading towards the South Indian coast last evening, a spokesman for the Meteorological Department told the Sunday Times.
Under the influence of “Jal”, the Met Department has predicted strong winds, thundershowers and intermittent rain over the sea area off the northern, north-eastern and eastern coasts especially off the deep seas.
“There will be intermittent rain or thundershowers with heavy rainfall in some places in the Trincomalee, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura and Mannar districts”.
Occasional showers or thundershowers are expected in surrounding areas. Fairly heavy falls are also likely at a few places in the Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Kegalle and Ratnapura districts.
Winds over the country and surrounding sea areas will be grow gradually, while seas off the eastern and northern coasts will be rough, the sea around other coasts too are expected to become fairly rough.
Residents in the north including Mannar and Kilinochchi have been warned of a possible cyclone.