Cyclone batters east India coastline | 11/16/2018 | Staff
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Powerful winds felled trees, destroyed homes and forced thousands to flee to safety as Cyclone Gaja barrelled into India's eastern coast Friday.

Winds packing up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour battered Tamil Nadu state as the storm hit the coast near Nagapattinam early Friday bringing heavy rains, India's weather office said.

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More than 80,000 residents from half a dozen districts in the southern state were evacuated to shelters.

The storm was predicted to move westwards and gradually weaken before heading into the Arabian Sea, the India Meteorological Department said.

Rain - Waterlogging - Landslides - Power - Outages

Torrential rain caused waterlogging and threatened landslides. There were widespread power outages in the region.

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