By Saturday afternoon, as many as , people had been evacuated. More via BBC News here. The Cyclone hit Gopalpur in Orissa State at 8. Tidal waves rose to 3. Over , people were evacuated from coastal areas Indian authorities reported. To compare it to killer U. More details from BBC News here Officials are predicting that most damage occurred to agricultural crops.
Tropical Cyclone Activity over the North Indian Ocean /
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Over the next few days, it moved westwards within an area of low to moderate vertical wind shear, before as it passed over the Malay Peninsula, it moved out of the Western Pacific Basin on October 6. It emerged into the Andaman Sea during the next day and moved west-northwest into an improving environment for further development before the system was named Phailin on October 9, after it had developed into a cyclonic storm and passed over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands into the Bay of Bengal. During the next day, Phailin intensified rapidly and became a very severe cyclonic storm on October 10, equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir—Simpson hurricane wind scale SSHWS. On October 11, the system became equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the SSHWS, before it started to weaken during the next day, as it approached the Indian state of Odisha. Phailin subsequently weakened over land becoming a Category 1 tropical cyclone as a result of frictional forces, before it was last noted on October 14, as it degenerated into a well-marked area of low pressure.