The BBC News reported on Saturday that Cyclone Phailin has hit the eastern coast of India. The huge cyclone has already forced over 500,000 people to leave their homes and killed at least five people.
Cyclone Phailin is expected to remain a "very severe cyclonic storm" through the early hours of Sunday, with winds predicted to reach speeds of 130 mph. As the storm moves inland towards the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, it should begin to weaken.
The Indian Ocean is home to some of the world's warmest waters, making it an ideal breeding ground for cyclones. The Cyclone Phailin has already caused widespread damage, ripping up trees and road signs, and cutting off power in some areas. The Indian army has been placed on standby for emergency and relief operations, and food packages have been prepared and are ready to drop in areas affected by the cyclone.
Weather and disaster officials have said that rain and wind from the cyclone could negatively impact 12 million people. The storm lost some of its strength before it reached the Indian coast, but it has remained to be the strongest storm India has ever seen since a typhoon killed 10,000 people nearly 14 years ago.