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Super Cyclone Phailin to Hit NE India
      #94893 - Fri Oct 11 2013 06:53 PM

Tropical Cyclone Phailin, now classified as a "Super Cyclonic Storm" with 160 mph sustained winds, is about 20 hours away from landfall in NE India. It looks like it will hit about 125 miles NE of the city of Visakhapatnam, possibly very close to the town of Gopalpur which has several beachside resorts. This storm is a huge one that nearly covers the entire Bay of Bengal and is expected to pretty much maintain its strength up until landfall.

I don't think I have to tell anyone that is a close follower of these forums how dangerous this storm is. The hope is that its relatively slow movement (8-10 mph) and early warnings will allow most people to get out of the way. The downside is that slow movement may also generate an even higher than would normally be expected storm surge. A 1999 similar storm produced a 26' surge and I would think this one could equal or exceed that.

Edited by vpbob21 (Fri Oct 11 2013 06:54 PM)

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Re: Super Cyclone Phailin to Hit NE India [Re: vpbob21]
      #94894 - Sat Oct 12 2013 11:37 AM

Cyclone Phailin weakened as it approached landfall in southeast India, but it still made landfall as a Cat III tropical cyclone (about 110kts). Landfall was south of the city of Bhubaneshwar near 19.9N along the coast at about 12/15Z. No info yet on the storm surge height.

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