Cyclone Hudhud to Hit Visakhapattanam

The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Hudhud’ is now 530 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 570 km southeast of Gopalpur, intensifying to make a landfall on Sunday, October 12.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, “Cyclone Hudhud over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal lay centred at 8:30 am IST about 590 kilometres southeast of Visakhapatnam.”

It stated, “The system would move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.”

There has been warning given on heavy rainfall. The department said, under the influence of the system, rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls would occur over west and east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha commencing from 11th onwards.

During the same time, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha.

The rain is likely to be accompanied with squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from 11th morning onwards.

According to IMD, The wind speed would gradually increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from 12th morning along and off north Andhra coast and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra and south Odisha.

The condition of sea is said to be from rough to very rough from Saturday morning. However, rescue teams have been deployed in vulnerable areas by the Odisha government.
According to reports, the district collectors have been asked to begin evacuation of people, particularly in tribal dominated Malkangiri district.

Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said, "At least 25 teams, 15 of NDRF and 10 ODRF, have been deployed at vulnerable areas keeping an eye on the cyclone and heavy rainfall." He said that Malkangiri was this time in focus.

According to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said that the government is constantly monitoring the progress of a cyclonic storm that is likely to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. He has tweeted, "Spoke to the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regarding their preparedness to face the fast approaching cyclone `Hudhud`.”

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