HudHud Turns into ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’; Army, Navy on High Alert

img-1The Indian Meteorological department has upgraded the HudHud into “Severe Cyclonic Storm” as Friday night is witnessing severe rains and storm lashing at speeds of 50 to 60 kmph the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, near Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, respectively. The Andhra and Odisha coast will witness gusting winds lashing the coast at 135 kmph on Saturday and reaching 155 kmph on Sunday morning, said the Met department in a latest update.

HudHud is centred near latitude 14.8 ºN and longitude 87.0 ºE about 500 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 550 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam has been put on a high degree of readiness to provide necessary help and 4 Indian Naval ships are on stand by to rush to the affected areas for relief, evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid.

The latest bulletin released by the IMD said, “The very severe cyclonic storm ‘HUDHUD’ over west-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards during past six hours and lay centred at 1500 UTC near latitude 15.4ºN and longitude 86.5ºE about 430 KM southeast of Visakhapatnam (43149) and 460 KM south-southeast of Gopalpur (43049)”.

It further said the cyclone would move west-northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12 (Sunday). The maximum sustained windspeed is estimated at 65 knots gusting to 75 knots around the sotrm centre, with a central pressure at about 984 HPA, said the statement.

Earlier, the met department has indicated heavy rainfall at most places with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 24.5 cm) over west and east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha commencing from 11th onwards.

Winds with a speed of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph are recorded on Friday night along north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts and it is expected that they may increase to 130-140 kmph on Saturday and to 155 kmph on Sunday morning along and off north Andhra Pradesh in East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts and 80-90 kmph
along and off adjoining districts of West Godavari, Krishna and south Odisha’s Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

The water level in the sea or storm surge is likely to reach about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, said the department.

Heavy damage is expected in the region and the government Keeping in mind the safety of passengers, East Coast Railway has decided to cancel the services of 38 trains on October 12 when cyclone ‘Hudhud’ is expected to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. “We do not want even a single casualty as our passengers safety is foremost in our agenda. Hence, we have decided to cancel 38 the trains on the Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam route from 6 AM on October 12 and during that time the entire section would be closed to all mail express and passenger trains,” ECoR CPRO J P Mishra said.

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