Early Warning System and Phailin
Abstract: Cyclone Phailin crossed into Odisha and adjoining northern Andhra Pradesh near Gopalpur on October 12, 2013. India Meteorological Department (IMD) accurately predicted the genesis, intensity, track and point and time of landfall well in advance. As a result, the loss of human lives due to the cyclone was reduced to just 22 persons.

The authors are Director General, IMD, and Scientist E and Head (RSMC), IMD, New Delhi respectively. lrathore@gmail.com