The cyclone which is threatening Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast, was named by Thailand. Phailin, which means sapphire in Thai, is the last of the first set of 32 names suggested by Asian countries since 2004. It is a violent tropical cyclone currently threatening the eastern coast of the country. The cyclone originated from an area of low pressure over the Andaman Sea and is slowly consolidating into a depression. On Friday, the cyclone gained forward momentum and attained gale-force winds and designated as Cyclonic Storm Phailin, becoming the second storm of the season. Phailin is now forecasted to intensify further in the next two days, and make landfall over north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts at peak strength. IMD says that it would hit India’s Eastern Coast on the night of October 12.
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(With inputs from agencies)
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