Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for several provinces

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning are expected particularly in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and North-western provinces the Meteorology Department said today.

Strong gusty winds above 70-80 kmph are also expected during thundershowers.

The Department of Meteorology urged the public to take adequate precautions as follows:

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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