The system was first noted as a tropical depression on October 4, 2013 within the Gulf of Thailand, to the west of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The names are normally chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return to the start of the list.
Tropical cyclones are named for historical reasons and so as to avoid confusion when communicating with the public, as more than one tropical cyclone can exist at a time. If a named cyclone moves into the Australian region from another country's zone of responsibility, the name assigned by that other country will be retained. It is likely to intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on May 19 with wind speed of 170-180 Kilometres per hour (Kmph) gusting to 200 Kmph. The cyclone that is headed towards the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast along the Bay of Bengal is named 'Phalin'. Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin (/ˈpaɪlɪn/; Thai: ไพลิน, romanized: Phịlin, lit. Cyclones were usually not named. The last cyclone named by Thailand was Phailin.
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin (Thai: ไพลิน meaning "sapphire") was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in India since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. They are usually assigned to tropical cyclones with one-, three- or ten-minute windspeeds of at least 65 km/h (40 mph). Cyclonic storm “Roanu” that hit Bangladesh in May last year was named by Maldives.

Vardah is the fourth major cyclone to spin out of the Bay of Bengal and hit India this year, after Roanu, Kyant and Nada. They said the cyclone, which is lying 240-km west-southwest of Port Blair, is "likely to intensify into a severe cyclone by around 5 AM," said an official statement.

Last year, Phailin, the name for a massive cyclone which battered India's south-eastern coast and led to the evacuation of more than 500,000 people, was provided by … The system was first noted as a tropical depression on October 4, 2013 within the Gulf of Thailand, to 'sapphire' ) was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in India since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. The tradition started with hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, where tropical storms that reach sustained wind speeds of 39 miles per hour were given names. Phailin is the Thai word for sapphire and according to the followed procedure of naming tropical cyclones over north Indian Ocean it was turn of a name suggested by Thailand in the list of assigned names. There is a procedure to finalise a list of tropical cyclone names in any ocean.

Several cyclonic storms have been named by these countries which include Phailin, Hudhud, Nilofar.

IMD's accurate prediction helped India minimise the loss of lives during the worst storm in 14 years.

After cyclone Phailin and cyclone Helen last week, a new severe cyclonic storm, named cyclone Lehar is looming over the southeast Bay of Bengal and is … Every time a cyclone occurs, a name is picked in the order of the names submitted by these countries. In 2013 it hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast of India. Names are drawn in order from predetermined lists. The name of a new tropical cyclone is usually selected from this list of names. But did you know that Thailand had given the name 'Amphan' for this cyclone way back in 2004? Dr Mohapatra, who has also become India's 'Cyclone Man' says, 'The turning point for IMD was when 'Phailin' came in Oct 2013, various agencies had predicted 340 kmph wind speed, however IMD's forecast said wind speed will be 220 kmph & actually it turned out to be 220kmph.'