Sat. Jul 20th, 2019

Cyclone Fani makes landfall in eastern India

India-weather-CYCLONE-FANICyclone Fani has made landfall in India with winds of more than 180 k.p.h. It’s one of the biggest storms to hit the subcontinent in decades.

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Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in
recent years, made landfall in eastern India on Friday, India’s Meteorological
Department said.

“We recorded speeds up to 175-180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour around one and a half hours back,” H.R Biswas, IMD Director in Odisha state capital Bhubaneswar, told AFP.

In a tweet the IMD said it made landfall at 8 am (0230 GMT).

Forecasters have said that Fani would pack sustained wind speeds of 180-190
kph and gusts up to 200 kph, equivalent in strength to a Category 3 to 4
hurricane.

In recent days authorities in Odisha have rushed to evacuate more than a
million people to shelters ahead of the cyclone’s arrival.

Forecasters have also said a storm surge of about 1.5 metres (five feet)
could hit, flooding low-lying areas such as Odisha where in 1999 10,000 people
were killed by a cyclone.

Hundreds of thousands more in West Bengal state have also been given
evacuation orders. Special teams went through holiday villages urging tourists
to move to safety.

India’s National Disaster Response Force shared images of several uprooted
trees along the coast in Andhra Pradesh state to the south. 

The NDRF teams were trying to remove the fallen trees and branches to ensure
they don’t become projectiles if the winds intensify.

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