Cyclone Phailin to hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha

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    Major Cyclone Causes Mass Evacuations in India


    A monstrous cyclone that may be among the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal was starting to lash the eastern coast of India on Saturday.

    Indian authorities warned late Saturday morning that the storm, called Cyclone Phailin, would probably make landfall by Saturday evening near Gopalpur, Odisha, a largely rural area. Indian authorities called Phailin a “very severe cyclonic storm” with sustained winds of 136 miles per hour, and gusts reaching nearly 150 m.p.h.

    Officials ordered hundreds of thousands of villagers to leave their homes and take shelter in safer buildings. Tourists were evacuated from hotels in the region, which is just southwest of the major metropolitan area of Kolkata.

    The Indian predictions of the storm’s intensity have so far been less alarming than those from United States meteorological authorities. Late Friday, the United States Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center said that Phailin had sustained winds of 161 m.p.h., with gusts reaching 196 m.ph. – making it similar to a Category 5 hurricane, the most severe.
    American meteorologists have appeared on Indian TV channels and have almost universally sounded more alarmed about the coming storm than their Indian counterparts.

    Indian authorities predicted a storm surge of as much as 10 feet, high enough to inundate low-lying areas in both Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, both of which lie southwest of Kolkata. Rainfall is expected to be heavy in some places, with as much as 10 inches of rain falling between Saturday and Monday, according to the India Meteorological Department.

    Forecasters were predicting extensive damage to the region’s traditional wood and bamboo houses and the disruption of rail and road traffic because of extensive flooding.

    “We have been preparing for the last five days,” said P. K. Mohapatra, a special relief commissioner in Odisha, according to the Indian news media. “We have pressed the national disaster management force, air force and army for any eventuality.”

    The storm could become the strongest storm to hit India in at least 14 years, and it comes in the midst of a crippling strike in Andhra Pradesh by government workers, who have shut down much of the state’s electrical grid over the past week. After hearing a plea from the state’s chief minister, workers agreed to restore power to much of Andhra Pradesh on Friday. Andhra Pradesh has a population of 82 million, and any major disruptions could have huge consequences in terms of the number of people affected.

    Odisha, with a population of nearly 42 million, is one of India’s poorest states, with a largely agricultural population that could be devastated by the storm.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/world/asia/india-cyclone.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0
     
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    Cyclone Phailin: All you need to know


    Classified as a severe cyclonic storm by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Phailin originated over east central Bay of Bengal and has since intensified moving north-westwards, 800 km southeast of Paradip (Odisha) and 870 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

    • It is all set to make landfall close to Gopalpur in Odisha at a wind speed of at least 205 kmph on Saturday.

    • Satellite images showed the storm, in the Bay of Bengal, to be about half the size of India.

    • Phailin means sapphire in the Thai language.


    Cyclone categories

    According to a London-based storm tracking service - Tropical Storm Risk - Phailin is a Category 4 cyclone, one notch below the most powerful Category 5 super storm like the one that hit Odisha in 1999 for 30 hours, killing almost 10,000 people.


    Here's what the various categories mean:

    Category 1: Wind and gales of 90-125 kph, negligible house damage, some damage to trees and crops.

    Category 2: Destructive winds of 125-164 kph. Minor house damage, significant damage to trees, crops and caravans, risk of power failure.

    Category 3: Very destructive winds of 165-224 kph. Some roof and structural damage, some caravans destroyed, power failure likely.

    Category 4: Very destructive winds of 225-279 kph. Significant roofing loss and structural damage, caravans destroyed, blown away, widespread power failures.

    Category 5: Very destructive winds gusts of more than 280 kph. Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction.


    The cyclone season

    The country's cyclone season runs from April to December, with severe storms often causing dozens of deaths, evacuations of tens of thousands of people from low-lying villages and wide damage to crops and property.


    Techniques used to predict intensity of cyclones

    • Climatology

    • Synoptic

    • Satellite (Dvorak) techniques

    • Radar techniques


    Why are tropical cyclones named?

    • Tropical cyclones are named to provide easy communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches, and warnings.

    • The first use of a proper name for a tropical cyclone was by an Australian forecaster early in the 20th century. He gave tropical cyclone names after political figures he disliked.

    • During World War II, tropical cyclones were informally given women's names by US Army Air Corp and Navy meteorologists (after their girlfriends or wives) who were monitoring and forecasting tropical cyclones over the Pacific.

    • From 1950 to 1952, tropical cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean were identified by the phonetic alphabet (Able-Baker-Charlie-etc.), but in 1953 the US Weather Bureau switched to women's names. In 1979, the World Meteorological Organization and the US National Weather Service (NWS) switched to a list of names that also included men's names.

    • The Northeast Pacific basin tropical cyclones were named using women's names starting in 1959 for storms near Hawaii and in 1960 for the remainder of the Northeast Pacific basin. In 1978, both men's and women's names were utilised.

    • The Northwest Pacific basin tropical cyclones were given women's names officially starting in 1945 and men's names were also included beginning in 1979. Beginning on 1 January 2000, tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin are being named from a new and very different list of names.


    • These newly selected names have two major differences from the rest of the world's tropical cyclone name rosters. One, the names by and large are not personal names. There are a few men's and women's names, but the majority are names of flowers, animals, birds, trees, or even foods, etc, while some are descriptive adjectives. Secondly, the names are not allotted in alphabetical order, but are arranged by contributing nation with the countries being alphabetised.

    • The Southwest Indian Ocean tropical cyclones were first named during the 1960/1961 season.

    • The Australian and South Pacific region (east of 90E, south of the equator) started giving women's names to the storms in 1964 and both men's and women's names in 1974/1975.

    • The North Indian Ocean region tropical cyclones are being named since October 2004.


    Names reused every six years

    • Atlantic and Pacific storm names are reused every six years, but are retired "if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing," according to forecasters at the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    • Hurricane Sandy was the 77th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954. It will be replaced with "Sara" beginning in 2018, when the list from 2012 is repeated. Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season that hit the US last year.

    Cyclone Phailin: All you need to know - Hindustan Times
     
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    Why do these ----ing news channel make such a lot of hullballo over it :fkidding:
     
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    Hope it pass over without any loss of life and property.
     
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    Got this email, it contains emergency helpline phone numbers.

    Dear Citizens,
    Cyclonic Storm Phailin is a violent tropical cyclone currently threatening the eastern coast of India Find the Emergency Helpline Numbers Below and share it with your friends as this can save someones life.

    Orrisa

    Balasore: +91-6782-262674
    Bhadrak: +91-6784-251881
    Cuttack: +91-671-2507842
    Dhenkanal: +91-6762-221376
    Gajapati: +91-6815-222943
    Ganjam: +91-6811-263978
    Jagatsinghpur: +91-6724-220368
    Jajpur: +91-6728-222648
    Kendrapara: +91-6727-232803
    Keonjhar: +91-6766-255437
    Khurda: +91-6755-220002
    Mayurbhanj: +91-6792-252759
    Nayagarh: +91-6753-252978
    Puri: +91-6752-223237

    Andra Pradesh

    Hyderabad: +91-4023-456005 / +91-4023-451043

    Railway Helpline

    Vizag-0891-2505793, 08935-249672
    Vizianagaram-08922-225510
    Srikakulam-08942- 28722
    Naupada-08945-249728
    Rayagada-06856-6222407
    Koraput-06852-251802
    .

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    Live: Cyclone Phailin makes landfall in Gopalpur, Odisha confirms IMD's LS Rathore
     
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    Prayers for the stricken
     
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    Some more AP Helpline Numbers

    Emergency Operation Centres

    Andhra Pradesh
    • East Godavari:
    Eluru
    +91-08812-230617
    Narasapur
    +91-08814-276699
    Kovvur
    +91-08813-231488
    Jangareddygudem
    +91-08821-223660
    • Guntur:
    +91-0863-223490
    Tenali
    +91-08644-223800
    Narasaraopet
    +91-08647-222039
    Gurazala
    +91-8985920005
    • Hyderabad:
    +91-4023-456005
    +91-4023-451043
    Nellore
    +91-0861-2331477
    Nellore
    +91-1800-425-2499
    Srikakulam
    +91-08942-240557
    Srikakulam
    +91-96528-38191
    • Visakhapatnam:
    +91-0891-2562977
    +91-1800-425-00002
    Paderu
    +91-94928-48502
    • Vizianagaram:
    +91-08922-236947
    Bhogapuram
    +91-9440814722
    Pusapatirega
    +91-80083-01531
     
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    Instead of killing innocent people of odisha and andhra this cyclone should have hit UP directly. I'd gladly swap for this option if not for the ideal to be no cyclone at all but one cant have and eat his cake.
     
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    Good management by State Govt and help by Central govt and all the forces (army, airforce, navy, police and disaster management force) not much loss of live, property we can rebuild any day.
     
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    Quite happy, it seems like there were no casualties, pretty cool!
     
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    and what???
    most of the criminals,thugs and politicians would have taken shelter somewhere safe and innocent,hard working and poor upiites would have died.
     
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    any news on the 18 fisherman lost in the sea ?
     
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    Odisha government seems to have worked effectively to minimize the damage.
     
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    They swam back to shore after their trawler sunk.All 18 are safe and now admitted in hospital.
     
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    why did they even go to the sea at all when warnings were issued ? or were they at sea and didn't hear the warning ?
     

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