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If a Category 1 Storm Can do This...

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMay 16, 2007 10:06 AM

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The North Indian cyclone that I blogged on yesterday, later named Akash, now has its own extensive Wikipedia entry. Akash never had much time to gather strength before making landfall in Bangladesh/Burma; it only drove about a 5 foot storm surge. Nevertheless, 3 fisherman were killed and 50 are missing. Thousands of homes were damaged as well. In this part of the world, we are just extremely lucky that Akash wasn't a more intense cyclone. Meanwhile, this is shaping up to be a year of storms forming out of season: We had a very early Andrea in the Atlantic, and now it looks like just when you thought Southern Hemisphere cyclone activity was over, we may have another storm near the Solomon Islands. More on that soon...

CORRECTION: In my previous post on the then-unnamed Akash, I refered to the country it was aiming towards as Myanmar. In fact, that's the name the military junta has given to the country; I'm not at all interested in helping to advance their Newspeak. I should have called it Burma, as I've done in this post.

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