Eastern India braces for impact of major cyclone

Associated Press
Eastern India braces for impact of major cyclone

This image provided by the U.S. Naval Research Lab shows Indian Cyclone Phailin taken Friday Oct. 11, 2013 at 6:32 a.m. EDT (10:32 GMT). Officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes Friday as a massive cyclone _ so large it filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal _ gathered strength and headed toward India's eastern seaboard. The Indian Meteorological Department warned that Phailin was a "very severe cyclonic storm" that was expected to hit with maximum sustained winds of 210-220 kilometers (130-135 miles) per hour. Forecasters are saying Cyclone Phailin will hit the region Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Naval Research Lab)

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