Paradip stopped cargo operations on Friday after the cyclone warning, port chairman Sudhanshu Shekhara Mishra said.
"There is no cargo operation. We are also not allowing berthing," Mishra said. He said all vessels were ordered to leave the port, which handles coal, crude oil and iron ore.
London-based storm tracking service Tropical Storm Risk placed Phailin in the most intense Category 5 of powerful storms, evoking memories of a devastating "super cyclone" that killed 10,000 people on
east coast in 1999. That storm battered Odisha for 30 hours with wind speeds
reaching 300 kph. India
"A recent satellite estimate put Phailin's current intensity on par with 2005's Hurricane Katrina in the
and just barely stronger than the 1999 cyclone at its peak," said Eric
Holthaus, a meteorologist for Quartz magazine. United States
"That would mean Phailin could be the strongest cyclone ever measured in the