Hundreds of thousands in India flee cyclone; at least 5 killed

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INDIA- Intense efforts of storm preparations will be put to the test in India as Tropical Cyclone Phailin made landfall Saturday night on the country’s east coast.

The storm made landfall in southern Odisha state, near the border with Andhra Pradesh state, about 9 p.m. [11:30 a.m. ET] based on images from satellite and radar.

With winds of 140 mph, the cyclone equates to a Category 4 hurricane.

The storm’s winds cover over 250 miles of India’s coastlines, and are bringing heavy rains along the same area.India’s readiness, which included evacuating more than half a million people, will be compared to the outcome of a 1999 cyclone that claimed 10,000 lives.

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