Cyclone Phailin: 800,000 flee as mega-storm menaces India (VIDEO)


Kristin Deasy
Global Post
Oct. 12, 2013

Cyclone Phailin crashed ashore in India on Saturday, forcing 800,000 people to evacuate from their homes.

Indian officials said the cyclone, which may be the strongest storm to strike India in over a decade, hit the country’s eastern coast with maximum sustained winds of about 124 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 150 mph.

The Times of India described the scene in the state capital:

“The skies were dark — almost black — at midmorning in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha and about 60 miles (about 100 kilometres) from the coast. Roaring winds made palm trees sway wildly, and to the south, seawater was pushing inland.”

Many evacuees streamed to local Muslim and Hindu temples to pray for protection, NBC News said.

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