Half-a-million people have been forced to flee their homes as India faced its biggest cyclone since the turn of the century.
Aid agencies are gearing up to help those worst affected by the storm, though the full extent of the damage - including a death toll - will not be known until daybreak.
Children's charity World Vision said its teams on the ground were already seeing signs of the storm.
Dharmendra Naik, manager of its programmes in Jagathsinghpur district, said: "Our staff along the coast have been seeing rain falling continuously and winds pick up. People have been trying to stock up on essentials and that has caused the price of many items to be driven higher."
More top news
Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled Gambia for more than 22 years, says he no longer accepted defeat in the country's presidential election.
Local authorities are taking a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping in the run up to Christmas as clean up costs spiral to £50 million.
President Obama has ordered a review into the email hacking that rattled the US presidential campaign, according to a White House official.