Cyclone Helen Strikes India’s East Coast, Several Dead, 17,000 People Evacuated From One Town, Highlight Hollywood News

Cyclone Helen struck India’s east coast Friday, killing at least seven people  and triggering strong winds and rain, officials said. The cyclone struck Andra Pradesh state Friday afternoon, making landfall near  the city of Machilipatnam, the Indo-Asian News Service, based in New Delhi,  reported.



The government’s Indian Meteorological Department warned a storm surge of  water as high as 1.5 meters (5 feet), would inundate several states on the  Indian Ocean coast and would maintain its intensity for about 6 hours, before  weakening to a tropical depression.



Authorities said they have evacuated more than 17,000 people from low-lying  areas, and 66 relief camps were open to serve them.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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