Tropical Cyclone Phailin heading towards India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin heading towards India

12 October 2013 00:00–18:00 UTC

Tropical Cyclone Phailin heading towards India
Tropical Cyclone Phailin heading towards India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin (Sapphire in Thai) was born over the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

Last Updated

18 July 2022

Published on

12 October 2013

It caused major damage and deaths when it made landfall in India. The animation (Figure 1 ) shows Phailin on its way towards India, when it reached category-5 strength, before weakening a little bit. It made landfall shortly after the last image was taken.

It has been reported that at least 23 people were killed by the cyclone which hit the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, with winds of around 200km/h (125mph). It was estimated to have caused damage of more than £220m.

A mass evacuation took place as the cyclone headed towards India on 11 October. It had been predicted to reach Super Cyclone strength but weakened slightly before landfall.

Figure 1: Meteosat-7 Visible, 12 October 2013 00:00–18:00 UTC

The infrared animation in Figure 2 shows lifecyle of the cyclone, from 9-12 October.

Figure 2: Meteosat-7 infrared, 9 October 09:00 to 12 Otober 23:00
 

Additional content

India's Cyclone Phailin leaves trail of destruction (BBC News)
Cyclone Phailin hits 90 lakh people; 23 dead, lakhs of homes damaged (Times of India)