Following the evacuation of more than 1 million people, the powerful storm hit the eastern state of Odisha today with heavy rains and winds of up to 124 miles per hour. Officials say two people have been killed, while flooding and damage to property and infrastructure have also been reported. Ports have been closed, air and train travel have been suspended and many residents have gathered in cyclone shelters.
Should we expect the worst? Technological innovations allowing for earlier and more accurate storm predictions let authorities respond more quickly than ever — welcome news as the six-month Indian cyclone season has only just begun.
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