December 14, 2016 1:16:02 am
Tropical Cyclone Vardah made landfall in eastern India, as the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite passed over it from space. Vardah was hurricane-strength at the time of landfall and brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to areas of the India states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
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Vardah made landfall near Chennai, India. On December 12 at 3:42 am the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible-light image of the storm.
The image showed bands of thunderstorms wrapped around the low-level center of circulation. At 4 am EDT (0900 UTC) Vardah’s maximum sustained winds were 86.3 mph (75 knots/139 kph). Those hurricane-strength winds extended 25 nautical miles from the center of circulation.
Vardah’s center was located near 13.2 degrees north latitude and 80.6 degrees east longitude. That put the cloud-filled eye of the storm about 718 nautical miles southwest of Kolkata, India. It was moving to the west at 10.3 mph (9 knots/16.6 kph). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Vardah to continue to move further inland and dissipate there.
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