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Cyclone Hudhud to land near Vizag with wind speed of 170-195 kmph: IMD

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Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11:

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today revised its estimate of the windspeed of the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud from 130-155 kmph to 170-195 kmph at the time of landfall near Vishakhapatanam in north Andhra Pradesh tomorrow.

Violent sea at Gopalpur on Saturday
Violent sea at Gopalpur on Saturday

The latest IMD bulletin issued late evening today said, “according to latest observations, the very severe cyclonic storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards during past six hours and lay centered at 4.30 PM of 11th October 2014 about 250 km southeast of Visakhapatnam and 340 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”

The bulletin estimated that the wond power of the storm, which has ‘a closed eye’, would reach 160-170 kmph, gusting to 185 by tonight and reach 170-180 km, gusting to 195 km. This is closer to the assessment of most of the international weather sites and the NASA.

Several storm tracking sites including Weather Underground, Tropical Storm Risk and Joint Typhoon Zwarning Centre (JTWC) have predicted a windspeed between 205-215 kmph.