Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin On Course To Devastate India
India is expected to suffer catastrophic impacts from Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin in less than 12 hours
Destructive winds well over 160 kph (100 mph) and flooding rain of at least 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) is expected across a wide area. There will be a crippling storm surge of 4-6 meters (14-20 feet), as well as wind gusts to 250 kph, near the landfall point of Phailin which is expected across northeastern India Saturday morning EDT.
Anyone residing in the states of Orissa or eastern Andhra Pradesh is encouraged to take proper precautions and prepare for life-threatening conditions.
As of Friday afternoon, Phalin is packing winds sustained at 260 kph (160 mph) with gusts to 320 kph (200 mph). This makes Phalin the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane and super typhoon.
All atmospheric and oceanic conditions point toward Phalin at least maintaining intensity. But, inner structural changes like eyewall replacement could lead to unexpected weakening.
A track toward the northwest is expected until landfall Saturday. Phailin has the potential to maintain Category 5 intensify until the point of landfall. If that is the case, the impacts will be catastrophic. source – AccuWeather
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