Cyclone Fani one of the strongest storms in recent times uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered the state of West Bengal, a day after it made landfall in another state Odisha in India. Twelve people died in the deadly storm in Odisha.
The cyclone after hitting West Bengal, will move towards Bangladesh with a reduced speed of 90 kilometers per hour. When the cyclone hit Odisha on Friday, the wind speed touched over 240 kilometers per hour. Over a million people were shifted to higher grounds, or shifted to relief centers.
The cyclone when it made landfall was categorised as "Extremely Very Severe Cyclonic Storm," however with time as it weakened, its ranking was lowered to "Very Severe Cyclonic Storm".
The heavy gust of winds brought down electric poles, and uprooted trees blocking railway tracks. Hundreds of trains remained cancelled, while Kolkata and Bhubaneswar airports opened to passengers jets.
In some places in West Bengal as the storm was moving towards Bangladesh, the wind speed reduced to 70 kilometers per hour but brought heavy rains, upto 10 centimeters.
Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, which claimed close to 10,000 lives and battered the Odisha coast for 30 hours.
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