Satellite image of Orissa Cyclone in Bay of Bengal. Source: NOAA
On 29 October, the cyclone made landfall near the city of Bhubaneswar, in the state of Orissa, India. Maximum sustained surface wind speeds at landfall were estimated at 260 km/h (162 mph), and the minimum central pressure was estimated to be 912 mb (hPa). After landfall, the cyclone was unable to move far inland due to the presence of a subtropical ridge to its north. The storm stalled about 48 km (30 mi) inland for over a day while it continued to slowly weaken. On 31 October, the now tropical storm, re-entered the Bay of Bengal. It soon after became a tropical depression and gradually weakened until it dissipated over the open waters of the Bay on 3 November.
This cyclone caused great damage in India. Its re-curving track and relatively slow movement caused huge amounts of rainfall over the area, averaging around... [continues]
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