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Cyclone kills 6, darkens towns in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) - A cyclone killed at least six people and knocked out power to hundreds of villages in southern India on Friday.

The India Meteorological Department said the storm hit Andhra Pradesh state with winds of 80 to 90 kph (50 to 55 mph) and heavy rains.

State Revenue Minister Raghuvira Reddy said six people were killed by falling trees and electric poles and gushing waters. About 30,000 people had evacuated to safer areas Thursday.

A stronger cyclone that hit Orissa state last month killed 25 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. The evacuation of about 1 million residents kept the toll from rising higher.

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