Look: Incredible Photo of Cyclone Phailin From SpaceAstronaut Luca Parmitano captured the image from the International Space Station
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Case in point: Cyclone Phailin, a 1,000-mile-wide beast that slammed into the eastern coast of India over the weekend, with winds gusting to more than 150 mph. Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured the image Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, from the International Space Station. He posted it to Twitter and wrote, "What remains of Hurricane Phailin after it reached land."
The storm took has taken a toll. Tens of thousands of homes around the Bay of Bengal were destroyed. Amazingly, though, as of Monday, Oct. 14, the death toll was only 25. Officials credited the evacuation of nearly 1 million people.
As Agya Amma told the AP, after she surveyed the remains of her home in the village of Podampetta, "If we had stayed here, everyone in the village would be dead. I consider myself lucky to be alive."
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