Tropical Cyclone Bijli made landfall south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Saturday morning (late afternoon EDT), and will continue to move in an east-northeasterly motion this weekend across northwestern Myanmar. Winds were estimated near 60 mph at the time of landfall. The storm is expected to weaken considerably over the next 24 hours as the center of the storm interacts with the mountainous terrain of Myanmar.

Despite the weakening trend, Bijli did cause a fair amount of damage along the coast of southeastern Bangladesh. At least one boy was killed when an uprooted tree fell on him. A second person was also injured. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down, and much of the coastal city of Chittagong remains without power.

With the storm moving inland, the greatest threat will now shift from coastal areas to the mountains of western Myanmar. Up to 10 inches of rain is possible, which will trigger flooding, as well as mudslides.

Myanmar was struck by powerful Cyclone Nargis on May 2, 2008, resulting in the worst natural disaster in Myanmar's recorded history. Nargis struck the Irrawaddy Delta, an area farther south than where Bijli made landfall.

Story by Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.