Cyclone Fani, which has been classified as an extremely severe cyclone, is the 10th such cyclone to hit India in past 52 years
It started developing around April 25 and has made a landfall on 3rd may in Odisha on the east coast.
The long journey allowed it to gather a lot of moisture and momentum, resulting in strong winds.
The Odisha government has already evacuated lakhs of people from the coastal areas to camps on higher grounds.
The name of the Cyclone 'Fani', pronounced as 'Foni' was suggested by Bangladesh. It means 'Snake' or 'hood of snake'.
Emergency helplines were set up to assist people across the 30 districts in Odisha.
India’s Coast Guard said on Twitter that emergency workers had started providing aid within the first hour of the storm making landfall.
The military conducted aerial surveys Friday evening to assess the damage, and at least four ships with aid supplies were stationed in affected areas, the navy said on Twitter.
Video verified as having been taken in Bhubaneswar that was shared widely on social media shows a wind-whipped crane collapsing on a nearby building.
India’s disaster relief agency and meteorological department warned of the “total destruction” to thatched huts in some districts, major damage to roads, the uprooting of power poles and the potential danger from flying objects. A cyclone relief shelter in Puri on Friday.