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Cyclone on track for India

Jill Colton, staff writer

November 7, 2010 — At least 70,000 people have been evacuated from eastern coastal villages in India as a powerful cyclone is set to hit the region.

Two southern Indian states have declared alerts and evacuated thousands of people as the region braces for an expected cyclone.

The air force and navy have been put on high alert and at least 70,000 eastern coastal village residents have been ushered to safer places and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

India's Meteorological Department says Cyclone Jal is set to make landfall Sunday night and bring heavy rains and winds to the region.

The storm has been weakening, but current wind speeds are in the ballpark of 70 to 80 km/h. Jal is expected to tear into coastal huts, trees and power lines. Fisherman are being told to stay out of the sea because of the potentially dangerous storm surge.

With files from The Associated Press

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