OST Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 :
Heavy to very heavy rain is being reported in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and the situation will remain so for the next 6 hours, said Rathore. He refused to categorise Phailin as a Super Cyclone which requires wind speeds of over 220 kmph.
Rathore said it will take at least an hour for the eye of the cyclone to cross the coast.
According to initial estimates, the very severe cyclonic storm was reduced to a category 4 cyclonic storm, one measure less than a supercyclone,thanks to a scattering of the system in the sea prior to the landfall. This process delayed the arrival of the storm on land.
The storm’s present wind speed is estimated to have been around 200 kmph, sources said.
Bhubaneswar and Puri were pounded by strong winds up to 110 kmph before and around the time of landfall.
The state capital has been without power since noon. The internet and mobile phone services have also been very badly hit since morning, making it difficult for people to collect or exchange information about the developments on the Phailin front.
Anxious people who live outside the state and the country had a miserable time contacting their near and dear ones over phone and through the net.
In Brahmapur, the situation is pretty grim. Sources in the silk city say they have no idea of the devastation caused by Phailin so far in and around Brahmapur and Gopalpur.
” We are terrified”, a media person covering the storm told OST. ” The reception space in the hotel we are in has been battered and the wind speed is terrifying “, he said.
” It’s very dark now. Only at dawn when we go out to shoot, we will have a good idea of what Phailin has meant to Brahmapur and Gopalpur”, he said.