1.I live in Kings Heath, Birmingham which had one of the uk's worst city based tornado's a few years ago, suffered a loss of garden fence and minor out house damage, video link
2.Got married in St Lucia, 2 days before wedding we had hurricane Marilyn Sattelite image over St Lucia A few fatalities, lost some buildings and a beach washed away.
3.Wedding day we had a tornado which went across resort then out to sea, just 5 minutes after our ceremony finished Turned into a water spout
4.Same holiday, went on a sunset cruise, weather went downhill fast, found ourselves out at sea in a tropical storm, very lucky to get back without csualties.
5.Out jogging, passed by a shop that got struck by lightening, was knocked over, digital watch totaly zapped, had tingles for a few hours.
Just a side note, during the hurricane (our wedding/honeymoon holiday) we were confined to our brick bungalo for 14 hours, power went down, back up generators failed due to flooding, there was not a lot to do. We agreed that had we concieved the child, boy or girl, would be named Marilyn.
In 1876 a cyclone killed an estimated 200,000 people, but that was a bit before our time. Only one recorded cyclone has ever killed more people.
In November 1970 a severe tropical cyclone created devastation along the entire coast of Bangladesh, killing an estimated half million people and a million cattle. That had a maximum wind speed of 222kph and a storm surge of 10.6 metres.
The storm that we're discussing is likely to have higher wind speeds (up to 296kph) but a smaller storm surge of 3 metres.