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Storm weakens over Sri Lanka

Satellite picture of Tropical Storm Ward
Extreme rainfall is forecast for Sri Lanka

Tropical Cyclone Ward made landfall on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Sunday night and is moving in a westerly direction across the country as a deep depression.

Sustained wind speeds are relatively moderate at 35 mph with higher gusts but the storm is bringing heavy rain to northern and eastern provinces.

Ward is expected to weaken further before re-emerging in the Gulf of Mannar where it will track towards southern India. Warnings for heavy rain, squally winds and stormy seas have been issued across the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

In the southern Pacific, Tropical Storm Laurence has made landfall in northern Australia, west of Darwin. Emergency services are preparing for possible flooding from heavy rain.

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