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Deadly Cyclone Phailin makes landfall in eastern India

18 October 2013

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The second tropical cyclone of the Northern Indian Ocean season formed on 09 October and grew into powerful Typhoon Phailin that made landfall in eastern India. NASA's Aqua and NASA/NOAA's Suomi-NPP satellites captured imagery of the storm on its approach to land.

On 09 October Tropical Depression 02B formed from low pressure System 90W about 537 nautical miles south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, near 13.4 North and 92.8 East. TD02B quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and was named Phailin. Phailin moved to the west-northwest at 7 knots after forming. Tropical Storm Phailin had maximum sustained winds near 40 knots/46.0 mph/74.0 kph shortly after its birth.

On 10 October at 0720 UTC/3:20 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Typhoon Phailin in the Bay of Bengal as it headed for landfall in west-central India. On 11 October Phailin reached peak speed with maximum sustained winds near 152 knots/175 mph/281.6 kph.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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