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Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin has grown at one of the fastest rates every recorded, going from a tropical storm to a Category 4 cyclone in only 24 hours.  Yesterday, Friday Oct 11, 2013, it became the equivalent of a Category 5 cyclone with sustained wind speeds of 260 Kmph. This brings it at par with the super cyclone that hit the Odisha coast in 1999.   Projected Phailin tracks overlaid on Google Earth. Download KML file – Original. Atmospheric scientists believe that a catastrophic storm surge…

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Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

The Odisha state Government seems to be doing much better than in 1999 which left more than 10,000 dead across the coastal areas of the state and an estimated USD 4.5 Billion in damages. People from low lying areas are being evacuated. Essentials stockpiled in schools and other buildings on higher ground. The disaster recovery folks seem to be doing their job but how good are their plans and the execution? Only time will tell of course but Indian Governments…

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Phailin Update

Phailin Update

Phailin has been upgraded to Super Cyclone.  At 1200 UTC, 11 October 2013, PHAILIN (IO02) was located in the Bay of Bengal basin at 16.7°N and 87.7°E. The current intensity was 140 kt and the center was moving at 7 kt at a bearing of 305 degrees. The minimum central pressure was 918 mb. Visible light satellite image Late Cycle Track Guidance Late Cycle Intensity Guidance          Animated images

Cyclone Phalin

Cyclone Phalin

Satelite photo of Cyclone Phailin:   The armed forced are on alert, the army having moved it’s Command Control to Bhubaneswar. Engineer columns from Bagdogra and Medical columns from Gopalpur are moving toward Bhubaneswar. Infantry relief columns are on standby. East Coast Railway has plans to cancel approx 24 trains running between Visakhapatnam and Bhadrak on the Chennai – Kolkata route. The trains which will either be regulated and cancelled are: Puri-Cuttack-Puri passenger Paradeep-Cuttack passenger Cuttack-Paradeep passenger Puri-Gunupur-Puri passenger Puri-Rourkela…

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