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Cyclone Fani moves onto India's Bay of Bengal coast

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 3, 2019
Tropical Cyclone Fani has slammed onto India's Bay of Bengal coast, bringing a life-threatening storm surge, flooding rain and destructive winds.
Cyclone Fani
Asia   Cyclone Fani
Fani intensified to the equivalent of a top-end Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale Thursday morning, as it was about 100 miles east of Visakhapatnam, India, in the Bay of Bengal. Several hours before landfall, Fani's winds were estimated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at 150 mph, still a strong Category 4.

Packing very high winds and driving rains, Fani's eye came ashore between 8 and 10 am Friday local time in the southern part of Odisha state near the city of PUri. The center of Fani was located just inland several miles west of Puri at around 9:30 am Friday local time, according to the Indian Meteorology Department. Rain was spreading well inland over northeastern India and western Bangladesh.

From here, Fani will move parallel to the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal states and then into Bangladesh by late Saturday.