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In pics: As Cyclone Tauktae wrecks havoc, here is an explainer on how devastating can cyclones be

Updated : May 18, 2021 01:23 PM IST

Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm. Here’s an explainer on cyclones and the damage each category of cyclones may cause to the area where they make a landfall.

The extent of damage caused by the cyclone depends on the wind strength at the time of landfall.
The extent of damage caused by the cyclone depends on the wind strength at the time of landfall.
Depression is categorised as a cyclonic storm by the IMD when the wind speed is above 39 mph.
Depression is categorised as a cyclonic storm by the IMD when the wind speed is above 39 mph.
If the wind speed is at least 55mph, it is categorised as a 'severe cyclonic storm.' These types of cyclones cause only limited damage.
If the wind speed is at least 55mph, it is categorised as a 'severe cyclonic storm.' These types of cyclones cause only limited damage.
When the wind speed crosses the 74mph mark it is called a 'very severe cyclonic storm.' These storms can cause extensive damage in the coastal areas most exposed to the cyclone.
When the wind speed crosses the 74mph mark it is called a 'very severe cyclonic storm.' These storms can cause extensive damage in the coastal areas most exposed to the cyclone.
However if the wind speed is 104 mph or more, such cyclones are categorised as 'extremely severe cyclonic storms.' Their impact on coastal areas are devastating leading to extensive damages to life and property.
However if the wind speed is 104 mph or more, such cyclones are categorised as 'extremely severe cyclonic storms.' Their impact on coastal areas are devastating leading to extensive damages to life and property.
When the wind speed is 138 mph or more they are called 'super cyclonic storms.' They result in catastrophic levels of destruction making the affected area uninhabitable for weeks.
When the wind speed is 138 mph or more they are called 'super cyclonic storms.' They result in catastrophic levels of destruction making the affected area uninhabitable for weeks.
Published : May 18, 2021 10:03 AM IST
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