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The enormous Cyclone Phailin made landfall in the east Indian city of Gopalpur late Saturday morning, with the outer edge of its eye - 16 km across at its widest on Friday - coming ashore at a little over 6 p.m. local time and 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, although the centre of the eye was not expected to reach land until the late morning.

At least three deaths were reported ahead of the storm, and trees and power lines were reported town across a huge swath of the coast.

Phailin is currently the largest storm in the world, and may be the largest ever recorded on Earth.

The huge storm sprawls across the Bay of Bengal, and is roughly the size of France. It boasts sustained winds of 241 km/h, with gusts of almost 300 km/h.

Strong winds and heavy rains ahead of the storm pounded communities up and down the coastlines of four states, together comprising a population of more than 250 million people.

Storm surge of up to nine metres is possible, although Indian officials say it would only max out at around three metres.

-.jpgTUNE IN: We will be providing extended coverage of Cyclone Phailin on TV. Tune in for the latest updates.

Residents were making storm preparations with the 1999 Orissa cyclone in mind. The death toll from that storm was more than 10,000, although officials in the region say the country is better prepared this time.

The Associated Press reports around 600,000 people have been moved to higher ground.

Still, major power and communications disruptions are expected, along with severe crop damage.

The storm's sheer size and intensity have prompted comparisons to Katrina, although forecasters make significant distinctions between hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones.

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Willful denial. So, if the Earth's climate changes very rapidly are we prepared? No.

There is also 6,000 years of proof of humans destroying habitats, including our own, and completely eradicating soil.

Keep thinking we aren't killing our ability to sustain in this planet. I'm sure we are faaaaaar toooooooo insignificant to change the surface of the planet measurably. Oh, that's right.....it is measurable.

Where is MadMonk when you need him? Paging MadMonk.

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On a related note, while the strength of tropical cyclones is expected to increase due to global warming, this is a theoretical prediction, and as far as I know there is currently insufficient observational data to support or refute this. MOdels are not good enough to give us useful information either.

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