Thursday, December 29, 2011

Updated: Orange alert for cyclone THANE-11 in India: 1.2million people in Cat1(120km/h), 78000 in storm surge.

By Newsroom America Feeds at 4:10 am Eastern.
GDACS Tropical Cyclone Impact Report Orange alert for Tropical Cyclone THANE-11 for India
Click for an interactive map.
Legend: areas affected by winds of 39mph (green), 58mph (orange) and 74mph (red); shaded area is uncertainty cone of forecasted cyclone path.
Legend: areas affected by winds of 39mph (green), 58mph (orange) and 74mph (red); blue area is heavy rainfall >100mm/6hr (source: eTRaP)
Legend: areas affected by potential rainfall accumulation > 50mm/24hr (NASA TRMM real-time rainfall product). Rainfall > 90mm/24h are in red (source: NASA TRMM) Alert level: orange for India

This tropical cyclone can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path.

In particular India is affected by high winds up to 138km/h (38 m/s or 85mph).
Current storm status

Analysis based on advisory number 15 for THANE-11, published on 12/29/2011 06:00 UTC
The storm is: active Current country: India Current position: 82.1, 11.79 Alert level at current position: orange Basin: NorthIndian Current strength: Cyclone with Saffir Simpson category 1 Current maximum sustained wind speed: 41 m/s, 79 kt

GDACS report created on 12/29/2011 10:09:48 AM.
For a more complete report, please go to:

Summary impact analysis

The following analysis considers the forecasted track from the current position and the area affected by winds of at least Category 1 (>119 km/h). For a report on the cyclone's impact along the whole track, please see the full report.

Affected Population (XML)
Up to 1.2 million people can be affected by wind speeds of hurricane strength or above. In addition, 79.03 thousand people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.

Affected Country (provinces) (population)

India (Pondicherry) (854758), India (Tamil Nadu) (58927750).

Affected Cities

City Class (1 to 6)CountryProvinceNameDistance (km)Wind speed (km/h) Estimated arrival time (UTC)3
IndiaTamil Nadu Nellikkuppam1410912/26/2011 12:003
IndiaTamil NaduPanruti1010513:003India Tamil Nadu Cuddalore410912:00

Affected Critical Infrastructures

No nuclear plants affected

No airports affected


CountryNameDistance (km)Wind speed (km/h)
Estimated arrival time (UTC)IndiaCuddalore110912/26/2011 12:00

No dams affected

For more details on rainfall, please go to the full report on the GDACS website Logistics information
Below is a list of airports that are selected according to their suitability for cargo plane landing. The criteria considered are runway paving and length (source: Aircraft Charter World). Always check runway conditions beforehand.

For details on cargo facilities and other facilities of these airports, please check Click on the IATA code for details on airlines serving an airport.

No airports found nearby with paved runways over 8000 feet (Source: Aircraft Charter World, Global Discovery)

No airports found nearby with paved runways between 8000 and 4000 feet (Source: Aircraft Charter World, Global Discovery)


While we try everything to ensure accuracy, this information is purely indicative and should not be used for any decision making without alternate sources of information. The JRC is not responsible for any damage or loss resulting from the use of the information presented on this website.

Information related to the track has been collected from official bulletins distributed by regional tropical cyclones monitoring authorities by the Pacific Disaster Center. The impact analysis is performed by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission.

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