Cyclone Fani
5/3/2019 12:30:00 PM
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Landfall 5/3/2019 12:30:00 PM 
Posting Date: 5/3/2019 12:30:00 PM
ALERT™ subscribers can download similar stochastic event (SSE) IDs for Cyclone Fani, which made landfall on the Odisha coast close to Puri between 02:30 and 04:30 UTC on May 3 with 1-minute sustained wind speeds of 127 mph (204 km/h), from the Downloads tab. Compatible with Touchstone®, Touchstone Re™, and CATRADER®, the SSEs were selected based on event parameters (not industry losses) and should be used only for exposures in India.

Cyclone Fani, with an intensity the equivalent of a strong Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, is the strongest cyclone to make landfall since Phailin in October 2013. Although Phailin was a massive storm, damage was relatively limited as it made landfall in an area of Odisha State with a relatively sparse population and low insured exposure. In addition, a steep continental shelf and elevated overland terrain helped limit flooding due to storm surge. Before Phailin’s arrival, more than 900,000 people were relocated from the coast to shelters, so fatalities numbered ~45. India’s government was thus well prepared to evacuate people in Fani’s path.

Phailin and Fani are the strongest storms to hit India since Orissa made landfall 160 km north of Gopalpur in the southern part of Odisha in October 1999, killing about 10,000 people. Most recently Cyclone Hudhud made landfall near the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh State in October 2014, causing widespread damage to property and more than 100 deaths.

Cyclone Fani is a very strong storm for early May. Other historic cyclones on record have all made landfall in October.

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