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MET warns rough seas, heavy rains across Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
18 May 2017, MVT 15:41
Ferries leave the lagoon of capital Male on rough seas. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
18 May 2017, MVT 15:41

Maldives Meteorological Service (MET) has warned of heavy rainstorms and rough seas ahead across the Maldives with the possibility of tornadoes in some regions.

According to an official of MET, the heaviest showers are expected to be in north and central Maldives with winds up to 15 – 25 miles per hour.

MET also warned of possible swells along with rough seas across the archipelago.

The meteorological centre added that heavy showers are expected in various regions over the next 24 hours which may lead to flooding.

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Despite the rough seas and weather, MET assured that the total amount of rainfall is not expected to exceed the average records of previous years.

While MET estimates that the heaviest rainfall will be in the north, so far the rough weather has caused the greatest damage to Addu atoll, Fuvahmulah and Gaafu Dhaal atoll Nadella island in the south of the nation. A tornado in Addu atoll Hithadhoo ward damaged 12 houses on Wednesday while Fuvahmulah and Nadella have reported heavy floods.

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