Tropical Cyclone Vardah made landfall Monday near Chennai, India, killing at least seven and forcing the evacuation of thousands. According to the Times of India, the fatalities include a 3-year-old child and four women, who all died in separate rain-related incidents in Chennai. In addition, at least 24 huts have been damaged and more than 8000 people were evacuated to 95 relief camps by the National Disaster Management Authority. Vardah moved ashore just north of Chennai Monday afternoon as the equivalent of a Category 1 tropical cyclone. The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in its final advisory estimated Vardah’s maximum sustained winds were 85 mph just prior to landfall.

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