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Tropical Cyclone Ward (05B) Makes Landfall Near Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

8.5N 81.2E

December 15th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Cyclone Ward (05B) - December 13th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone Ward (05B) - December 13th, 2009

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Tropical Cyclone Ward (05B), located approximately 140 nm northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has tracked west-southwestward at 3 knots over the past six hours. The current intensity is based on Dvorak estimates of 30 knots. Maximum significant wave height is 10 feet.

Animated multispectral satellite imagery indicates that the low level circulation center (LLCC) has become increasingly disorganized with bursts of deep convection east of the center. A TRMM 37V Ghz image shows that the LLCC is located along the east coast of Sri Lanka with weakly curved banding.

After wandering some time to the east of Sri Lanka, the system made landfall near Trincomalee on December 14th. TC 05B is currently drifting west-southwestward and is expected to continue tracking across the east coast of Sri Lanka, and dissipate within the next 12 hours.

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