This May 3rd, we begin in the South Asian country of India, where a powerful cyclone was expected to make landfall on Friday morning. The storm was named Fani. It had gathered strength in the Bay of Bengal the day before. And as it's headed toward India's east coast, its maximum sustained winds blew at 155 miles per hour, and that would mean tropical cyclone Fani could be the most powerful storm to hit in India in 20 years. The system that struck in eastern India in 1999 killed at least 10,000 people.
The nation's coast guard and navy prepared ships and helicopters for rescue operations. Military troops were standing by as well. Flights were cancelled in the region. Schools were closed. And around 900 shelters were set up to house people who have to evacuate their homes.
Unlike the Atlantic hurricane season, India's cyclone season doesn't have a specific date when it begins and ends. There are two main periods of activity, one in spring and one in fall, right before and right after the country's southwest monsoon season.
What's expected from cyclone Fani is a large storm surge, a rise in sea levels along the coast where it makes landfall. Significant wind damage was also possible. And farther inland, people were preparing for the possibility of flooding.
Directly in the path of the storm, when we produced the show, was the Indian coastal city of Puri.
印度海岸警卫队和印度海军为营救行动部署了船只和直升飞机 。印度军队也在待命 。受灾地区的航班已经取消 。学校也已关闭 。目前已搭建了约900个避难所，以安置那些被迫撤离家园的民众 。
和大西洋飓风季不同，印度的气旋季一般没有具体的开始和结束时间 。气旋季有两个主要活动期，一个在春天，另一个在秋天，刚好在印度西南季风季前后 。
预计气旋“法尼”在登陆时将带来大规模风暴潮，并导致沿海地区的海平面上升 。另外，“法尼”还可能造成严重风灾 。内陆地区的民众则在为可能发生的洪灾做准备 。
1. at least （数量）至少，不少于；
At least 60% of us now bathe or shower once a day.
2. stand by 做好准备；准备行动；
The troops are standing by.
3. set up 创建；建立；安排；组建；
We decided to set up camp for the night.
4. prepare for 为…做准备；筹备；
The players are in defiant mood as they prepare for tomorrow's game.