Maldives Meterological Service (Met Office) on Thursday had issued a yellow alert, cautioning of 55 mph wind speeds.
Met Office issued a yellow alert for the second time after weather conditions worsened. The current alert is valid from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 am, in the region between Vaavu Atoll to Haa Alif atoll.
Met Office also predicted fairly widespread rain with a few heavy showers and thunderstorms across the country.
Surface winds are expected to head from west to south-west at 20 – 30 miles per hour in central and southern atolls and west to north-west at 15 – 25 miles per hour in northern atolls, said Met Office.
Met Office warned sea travelers to be extremely cautious of the weather conditions. They also requested people not to travel during the night, unless absolutely necessary.
Met Office said the worsening weather is related to the storm in Sri Lanka, and vessels have been advised caution and to seek weather information prior to travel.
So far there has been 14 life-threatening accidents at sea due to the ongoing bad weather.
Furthermore the heavy rain has caused flooding in many islands, damaging property. These islands include Dh. Meedhoo, Lh. Naifaru, N. Manadhoo, and F. Nilandhoo.
Speaking to VNews, an official of Met Office said the storm is moving away from the Maldives, hence the weather will begin to improve from next Sunday onwards.
It has been confirmed that seven people lost their lives due to the storm in Sri Lanka, and five others remain missing. Other media reports state 23 people were lost in the storm, mostly fisherman.
Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre’s spokesperson Pradeep Kodipilla said that 20,000 people were affected by the storm, while schools have been closed.
Sri Lanka is also experiencing prolonged power outbreaks due to the storm.