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Jeff Masters: Cyclone Giri hits Myanmar -- strengthens from Category 1 to Category 4 in 24 hours

Cyclone Giri hits Myanmar

by Jeff Masters, Wunderblog, October 22, 2010

Powerful Cyclone Giri made landfall this morning on the coast of Myanmar (Burma) as an upper-end, Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. Giri strengthened from a 60-mph tropical storm at 8 a.m. EDT, yesterday, to a 155-mph Category 4 storm by 8 a.m. this morning, becoming the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar. Giri's winds at landfall were 20 mph stronger than those of Cyclone Nargis of 2008, which killed over 138,000 people. However, Giri hit a portion of the Myanmar coast that is not as heavily populated or as low lying, so this will not be another Nargis catastrophe. Nevertheless, Giri's record strength and remarkably rapid intensification rate undoubtedly surprised an unprepared population, and the potential exists for a significant death toll due to Giri's surge and winds. Also of major concern is flooding from heavy rains. Giri is expected to dump 4-8 inches of rain along its path inland over Myanmar over the next 24 hours.

Figure 2. Visible MODIS satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Giri taken at 2:55 a.m. EDT October 22, 2010. At the time, Giri was a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.


1 comment:

susan said...

What I like about your link is that it goes to the more recent article with lots of new info and a nice graphic on Richard. Thanks!