>> Torrential rain slamming India's southern coast ahead of a massive storm Monday. The city of Chennai is bracing for impact as severe storm Vardah makes landfall. It's packing winds of up to 62 miles per hour, and bringing a storm surge three feet high. Schools and colleges are closed and people have been asked to stay indoors as a precaution.
Emergency response says they're poised and ready, navy ships and aircraft and 30 diving teams on standby to help move people and give aid. Cyclones are no joke in India. In 1999, a super cyclone hit the east coast for 30 hours straight, with winds of more than 180 miles per hour, killing 10,000 people.
India's one of the most disaster-prone places in the world. Most of its billion plus population lives in areas vulnerable to floods, cyclones, and droughts. Every year from April to December cyclones sweep across the subcontinent, taking lives, destroying crops and houses, and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.