Very Severe Cyclonic Storm David
Category 4
Cyclone Phailin 11 October 2013

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm David at peak strength
Formed June 1, 2035
Dissipated June 9, 2035
Highest winds 215 km/h 135 (mph)
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Lowest pressure 962 hPa (mbar)
Damages $588 million
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Missing 17
Areas affected Sri Lanka and India
Part of the
2035 North Indian Ocean cyclone season

Cyclone David was an extremely powerful tropical cyclone that existed in the Bay of Bengal, making landfall in Andhra Pradesh, India as a category 4 equivalent tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Once inland, the cyclone weakened slowly, and emerged into the Arabian Sea as a tropical depression on the scale. Whilst over India, the cyclone dropped heavy monsoon - like rainfall along its passage through the country. 83 people died during the cyclone, with 6 indirectly attributed to the cyclone. An additional 17b people are listed as missing. Damages from the cyclone totaled to $588 million in the country due to the cyclone.

Meteorological history

The meteorological history of Cyclone David began as an area of disturbed area over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 27th. As the system moved to the northeast, the system was able to slowly organize inot a depression on the IMD scale on June 1, whilst situated halfway between the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka. Around the same time, the JTWC issued a TCFA on the low, initiating advisories on tropical cyclone 01B a few hours later. Once the cyclone reached 3-minute sustained winds of 65km/h, the IMD designated the system as Cyclonic Storm David,as the cyclone began to steadily strengthen whilst approaching the Eastern coast, attaining Severe cyclonic storm status on the 3rd, and further into a Very severe cyclonic storm on the 4th, before attaining peak winds of 165km/h (105mph) 3-minute sustained on the IMD scale. The JTWC also assessed the peak 1-minute sustained winds at 215km/h (135mph), making it a category 4 tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. About the same time, it attained a minimum pressure of 962 hpa, making landfall at htat intensity later that day.