Deep Depression, intensified into a cyclonic storm Mocha and lay centered about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1210 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) at 0530 hrs IST of today the 11th May. To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by mid-night of today. The system is likely to move north-northeastwards towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts on 14th May, 2023. NO direct impact to Sri Lanka.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Southern provinces. Fairly heavy showers about 75 mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts.

Several spells of showers will occur in the Northern province.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere over the island particularly during the afternoon or night.

Strong winds about (40-45) kmph can be expected at times over western and southern coastal areas and along the western slopes of the central hills.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

Actions Required:

  • Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the sea areas bounded
    by (03N – 20N) and between (85E – 100E) until further notice.
  • Those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or
    moved safer areas immediately.
  • 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.
  • Fishing and naval community are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued
    by the Department of Meteorology in this regard.