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Odisha storm watch: ‘Hudhud’ 380 km away, under watch by Doppler weather radar now

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11:

The local IMD Centre here has issued the following warning and advisory at 9 AM this morning on the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, which is on its way to the Andhra-Odisha coast.

“The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ is now lying within the range of Doppler Weather Radar, Visakhapatnam. Hence it is being tracked by Visakhapatnam Radar since early morning of today in addition to satellite and other observational tools.

Hudhud Path ( weatherunderground)
Hudhud Path ( weatherunderground)

“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 0830 hrs IST of 11th October 2014 near latitude 15.9ºN and longitude 85.4ºE, about 380 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move west-northwestwards for some more time. It would then move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”

Forecast :

Rain/Thundershower would occur at most places over Odisha during next 48 hours.

Heavy R/F Warning :

Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nawarangpur, Ganjam, Gajpati, Kalahandi and Kandhamal in south Odisha in subsequent 48 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places in districts of Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh,Nawapara,Boudh,Sonepur and Bolangir during the same period.

Advice for hoisting Storm Warning Signals: Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) kept hoisted at all ports in Odisha.

Likely impacts and actions:

Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from Northeast direction would prevail along and off Odisha coasts and the wind speed would increase to 80-90 kmph along and off Odisha coast from today evening . Sea condition would be rough to very rough.

Action Suggested:

South Odisha coasts- (Ganjam, Gajapati,Rayagada,Koraput and Malkangiri districts) Damage to thatched huts. Breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines. Uprooting of small trees. Damage to agricultural crops. People in affected areas to remain at safe places.

Fishermen Warning :

Total suspension of fishing operations along and off Odisha Coast.Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea.