Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
Cyclone Hudhud turned into a severe cyclonic storm and moved closer to the Odisha-Andhra coast and was located 720 km south-southeast of Gopalpur by 02.30 pm today, the evening bulletin issued by the Met Centre here said.
“The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over East-central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward and lay centered at 1430 hours IST of 9th October 2014 near latitude 14.0 degree N and longitude 88.6 degree E about 700 km southeast of Gopalpur. The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of ,” the bulletin informed.
The bulletin predicted rainfall at most places and heavy rainfall at one or two places in Odisha in the next 24 hours.It also warned that squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off South Odisha coasts from 11th morning onward. The wind speed would increase to 80-90 kmph along and off south Odisha coast from 12th morning.
It also advised the hoisting of Distant Warning Signal No.2 (DW-II) hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur ports.