Cyclone devastates in India

When a cyclone hit the Orissa coast of India on Friday morning (October 29, 1999), it struck from the north with windspeeds reaching 250km/h. When it reduced force and windspeeds fell to 100km/h, it turned and struck from the south with gale force winds with speeds up to 280km/h.

The next day brought torrential rains. Windspeed remained above 100km/h. A tidal surge that measured in places up to 10 meters in height hit the coast and carried water as far inland as 15kms.

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