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Cyclone Phailin is a category 5 storm headed for India. Media reports storm is as powerful as Katrina, and nearly half the size of India.

Cyclone Phailin is forecast to hit the coast between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh state and Paradip in Odisha state late on Saturday with a maximum wind speed of 220 km per hour (135mph), the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin.

But both London-based Tropical Storm and the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre forecast winds reaching 315 km per hour (195 mph) on landfall, classifying Phailin as a Category 5 storm - the most powerful .

"Phailin is already worse than what the IMD is forecasting. A recent satellite estimate put Phailin’s current intensity on par with 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in the United States,” said Eric Holthaus, meteorologist for Quartz, a U.S.-based online magazine which covers global economy-related issues.

"Everything I know as a meteorologist tells me this is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane - among the strongest on earth in 2013. That would mean Phailin could be the strongest cyclone ever measured in the Indian Ocean."

Full story here.

Track storm here.

Obama Administration Releases Rebuilding Plan

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Super Typhoon Utor hits the Philippines. Typhoon has peaked but expected to cause major damage in northern Philippine islands and parts of China.

  • Category 4
  • 200 km/150mph winds
  • 47 fishermen missing
  • Ferry system closed
  • Hospitals on alert

More from EarthSky, Wunderground, Hurricane Central, Twitter #Utor.

Adapting Vermont’s Transportation Infrastructure to the Future Impacts of Climate Change

Nice white paper from Vermont Transportation. They’re taking a “no-regrets” approach to climate adaptation - very rare in the US.

An overview of climate related adaptation and resilience oriented efforts underway at the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).

In recognition of the potentially negative consequences of climate change to well-being of Vermont, VTrans is in process of incorporating adaptive management, policies, and plans into every level of planning, design, operations, and maintenance.

Experts believe that global climate change will fuel increasingly frequent and severe weather events resulting in more frequent flooding in the Northeastern U.S.

Existing flood vulnerability of the transportation system will be exacerbated by the effects of climate change increasing the risk of costly delays, detours, and premature infrastructure replacement. Recent flooding events following tropical storm Irene revealed the need for preemptive actions and planning to minimize the costs of similar events in the future.

Many of the lessons learned during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene are applicable to this effort. Enhancement of emergency procedures and systems, employee training, public outreach, and rapid hydraulic assessment tools are examples of some of the positive adaptive outcomes. Going forward, the Agency should expand programs and projects focused on gathering and monitoring data, increasing adaptive capacity, and incorporating risk-management into the decision-making process.

The recommendations made in this report have ‘no-regrets’ in that they will increase the effectiveness of long-term decision making under any future climate scenario.

NY beaches open despite Superstorm Sandy scars

“ Two financial deals that kept the National Football League playing in the Superdome, allowing New Orleans to host a 10th Super Bowl, were expensive for taxpayers and enriched Saints owner Tom Benson, said former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.

Taxpayers have spent at least $471 million on the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina, allowing a state reeling from the nation’s most-expensive natural disaster to keep its pro sports teams and rebuild a part of downtown destroyed by the 2005 storm. Benson, meanwhile, is worth $1.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, after acquiring the National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Hornets, a 26-story office tower that houses state agencies and a mall next to the stadium. ”

—    Subsidies for Saints Owner Open New Orleans to Super Bowl - Bloomberg investigative report.

Rescue search ends: Captain and one crew went down with their ship. Still unclear why Walbridge decided to sail into Hurricane Sandy.

Coast Guard concludes HMS Bounty captain went down with ship

While questions will remain about Bounty Capt. Robin Walbridge’s decision to brave Cape Hatteras, N.C., during a hurricane, his ultimate legacy, his family says, will be one that goes back to the origins of global seafaring: his final act of putting his crew and ship above himself.

After 90 hours of searching some 12,000 square miles of open ocean, the US Coast Guard on Friday suspended the search for Mr. Walbridge, who had captained the 180-foot three-master for 17 years. The boat was a near-exact replica of the 18th-century “square rigger” that became the scene of a mutiny that inspired half a dozen Hollywood movies.

In the end, the Coast Guard concluded that the Bounty’s loss to Hurricane Sandy took two lives. Claudene Christian, who joined the Bounty in May and claimed an ancestral link to Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian, died after being pulled out of the waters on Monday.

But as the Coast Guard made its condolences and began an investigation into the sinking, his family hailed Walbridge for being the consummate captain in his efforts to make sure that the rest of the crew survived after it became clear that the Bounty was going to sink.

"He always looked after his crew first," his sister, Lucille Jansen, told Reuters. "That’s the last memory we’ll have of him because he did exactly what a captain should do. He made sure the crew was safe."

Born in Vermont, Walbridge grew up in Florida, where he turned a teenage love of sailing into a career, first as a houseboat mechanic on the Suwanee River, then captaining the Governor Stone, Vision Quest and Bill of Rights as he earned his 50-, 100- and 500-ton captain’s licenses.

His work on tall ships began on the Tall Ship “HMS” Rose, and he moved on to the Bounty in 1995. According to his biography, the Bounty would have sunk at the docks in Fall River, Mass., without Walbridge’s efforts to raise renovation funds. He also served as guest captain on the USS Constitution when it made its inaugural sail in 1997, after the ship had sat dockside for 116 years.

Full story, NBC

Romney busted for faking hurricane relief event:

the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer.

"You need a donation to get in line!" Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?" The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said. Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney.

Full ridic, here

Breezy Point, Queens. 80 Homes were lost to fire caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Report: “The Deadliest, Costliest, and most Intense U.S. Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2010 (and other frequently requested hurricane facts)”

Nifty PDF. Technical, but easy to read and focused on U.S. storms. Shows the rank, year, paths on maps, deaths, damage, and economic impacts of several storms over the past century. 46 pages. Looks like Hurricane Sandy will be ranked 6th.