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Odisha storm watch: ‘Hudhud’ 520 km away, heavy rains over next 48 hours

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:

The Paradip and Gopalpur ports in Odisha were advised by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to hoist local cautionary signal number 3 (LC-III) as the severe cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ got closer to the Odisha-Andhra coast and was located at a distance of 550 km from the Gopalpur port at 2.30 PM this afternoon.

Hudhud: Satellite pic Oct 10
Hudhud: Satellite pic Oct 10

The storm, which is gathering more force, is likely to turn into a very severe cyclonic storm within next 12 hours, the IMD warned.

In its pre-noon bulletin the local Met Centre said, “The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards and lay centered at 14.30PM IST, about 550 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. Thereafter, it would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”

Heavy rainfall

The bulletin warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over South Odisha during next 24 hours and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over South Odisha in the subsequent 48 hours. Rain/thundershower would occur at many places over Odisha during next 24 hours and rainfall will increase in subsequent 48 hours in Odisha, the bulletin predicted.
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Strong winds

The weather bulletin also said squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph- gusting to 65 kmph- from northeast direction would prevail along and off the Odisha coast and the wind speed would increase to 80-90 kmph along and off Odisha coast from the 11th evening .