After issuing a cyclone alert to the north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that the cyclonic storm “Hudhud” over Bay of Bengal will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.
According to IMD, it lay centered over at 08.30 hrs IST of 9th October 2014 near latitude 13.8ºN and longitude 89.0ºE about 750 km southeast of Gopalpur and east-southeast of Visakhapatnam.
“The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”
Over the influence of the system, from heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur over south Odisha, east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and north coastal Andhra Pradesh from October 11 evening.
IMD said that 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. However, the wind speed is likely to 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 south Odisha coast.
It has been declared that, from 11th morning the sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough.
Gradually, it is expected to become phenomenal from 12th morning onwards along and off north Andhra coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.
According to IMD, storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.
Meanwhile, extensive damages are expected such as damage to houses, partial disruption of power and communication lines and minor disruption of rail and road traffic. Apart from these, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes are also likely to occur.
However, fishing in the area of influence of cyclone is prohibited. Also, IMD said that there will be judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic in the area of influence of cyclone.