Cyclone Fani has crashed into eastern coast of India as a grade 5 storm, replete with heavy rain and winds gusting to 205 kilometers per hour.
The storm hit the coast of the state of Odisha early Friday.
More than 100 million people are in the path of the cyclone.
Authorities say more than 1 million people in the low-lying coastal areas have heeded government warnings and evacuated. Authorities plan to move thousands more.
Cyclone tracker Tropical Storm Risk rated Fani as a category 4 storm, a notch below the worst level.
“Total destruction” is what Fani is capable of inflicting, according to some forecasters.
Source : VOA