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    Beaufort scale

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    Nearly 70,000 homes were left without electricity Thursday as a cyclone lashed the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Winds of up to 180 kph and torrential rain caused extensive damage to the electricity network after cyclone Dumile passed within 90 kilometres of the island's west coast Videographic explaining the Beaufort scale, which classifies wind in 13 categories linked to speed, sea conditions and the visible impact on land.VIDEOGRAPHIC