Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Forecast: Tornados, thunderstorms in Rangoon, Irrawaddy and Pegu

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:41 Myo Thein

New Delhi (Mizzima) – For the remainder of the week, gales with winds of up to 70 miles per hour, tornadoes and thunderstorms are likely to hit lower Burma, according to a meteorologist with the Myanmar Climate Change Watch Group.

Heavy thunderstorms, tornadoes and gales are possible
this week throughout the Irrawaddy delta, Rangoon and
Pegu, according to meterologists. Photo: Mizzima
Magway and Mandalay divisions and northern parts of Karen and Mon states also seem likely to be hit by gales and thunderstorms, Dr. Tun Lwin told Mizzima.

“Cumulonimbus clouds are very likely to form’, he said. ‘So, the weather will be awful in some places. Casualties are likely to result  because of the weather’.

Tun Lwin said that it is difficult to know exactly when and where storms would hit, but if people exercised caution, dangers could be avoided.

He advised: ‘If you see cumulus clouds and hear the sound of thunder, take precautions. Thunderstorms and gales are likely to hit especially around 4:30 p.m’. He advised farmers and fishermen to guard against lightning strikes.

Meanwhile, a  businessman who lost a fishing vessel due to a storm that hit on March 15 said that there was no weather warning by the authorities, and fishermen had to rely on the Internet for information about the weather.

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