Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

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This isn't looking good.

Tropical Cyclone Sidr, with winds equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, will be making landfall in the next day or so. The storm track has it headed for the coast near the India-Bangladesh border, between Kolkata (Calcutta) and Dhaka (Dacca).

The Weather Channel Blog has images, as does Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog, which includes the following: "The triangular shape of the Bay of Bengal acts to funnel storm surge waters into Bangladesh, and the very shallow bottom of the bay allows the surge to pile up to very high heights. A list of the 13 deadliest cyclones in world history (Figure 2) shows that nine of these have occurred in the Bay of Bengal. The big killer in all of these cyclones was the storm surge."
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