"Orange-level" storm to sweep Myanmar western coastal areas: forecast

16:08, October 21, 2010      

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A moderate storm at "orange level" will sweep across Myanmar's western Rakhine coastal areas of Sittway and Kyaukphyu within the next 36 hours, a weather forecast report of the State Meteorology and Hydrology Department (MHD) warned on Thursday noon.

The weather forecast, aired by the state radio and TV, said low pressure occurring in the mid-east of the Bay of Bengal, is centering at sea, 288 kilometers southwest of the Rakhine state's Kyaukphyu and it is likely to intensify into a moderate storm.

Under the influence of the low pressure area, rain or thunderstorm are likely to be widespread in the Rakhine coast and Ayeyawaddy delta., it said.

The MHD has warned fishing boats operating in the coastal waters to try to escape from being hit by the strong wind at a speed of 64 kilometers per hour.

Source: Xinhua


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