Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:
The tropical cyclonic storm Hudhud is likely to take shape within the next 12 hours and head for the north Andhra coast, the IMD centre at Odisha’s capital city said today.The system has moved closer to the coast and now lies 1170 kms southeast of Gopalpur.
“The Deep Depression over North Andaman Sea & neighbourhood moved west-northwestward and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 8th October 2014 over North Andaman Sea & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal near latitude12.2ºN and longitude 93.0ºE about 1170 KM Southeast of Gopalpur. It would intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island within a few hours. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh,” the buletin said
Rain/Thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha during next 24 hours.
The bulletin advised the Distant Cautionary signal Number One (DC-I) to be kept hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports in Odisha.
International weather site Accuweather says, “This system is expected to press northwestward passing over the Andaman Islands…Once this occurs, it is likely to continue to strengthen as it moves northwestward through the Bay of Bengal. At this point, it appears as though this system has the potential to make landfall in eastern India where it could produce strong winds and flooding rainfall over the course of the weekend.”
Well-known storm tracking site Weather Underground has already suggested ( see the first illustration above) the route the storm, that it calls tropical storm 3 as of now, will take in the next 5 days. The indications are that the storm is likely to make a landfall in north Andhra coast while affecting large parts of south Odisha.
A similar route has also been predicted by top weather site for storms, Tropical Storm Risk. ( see illustration no 2).
However, inscrutable are the ways of God and tropical storms, said a weather department official, adding, the route it will take will get clearer and sharper in the mext 24 to 36 hours.