Yellow alert issued for islands from L. Atoll to Addu City

A man cycles along a road in Addu City flooded with rain water. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives Meteorological Service, on Thursday, issued yellow alert for islands from L. Atoll to Addu City, warning of torrential rain and thunderstorms.

The yellow alert is effective from 10 am to 2 pm.

Maldives Meteorological Service forecasts fairly widespread rain with heavy showers and thunderstorms in southern atolls, and scattered rain with a few heavy showers and thunderstorms in central and northern atolls.

Surface winds will vary between northwest/northerly 7 – 15 miles per hour in northern atolls, southwest / westerly elsewhere at 15 – 25 miles per hour in southern atolls and 10 – 20 miles per hour in central atolls.

Winds may gust 45 miles per hour during showers.

Seas are expected to be rough in southern atolls and moderate becoming rough during showers elsewhere.

Maldives Meteorological Service has advised everyone to be cautious.

Addu City has reported extensive flooding throughout the city, resulting in property damages.