Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
By all accounts Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati districts in South Odisha would be the most affected when tropical cyclone Hudhud, which is hurtling towards the coast, makes a landfall close to Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh anytime after 8 pm on Saturday, October 11.
Parts of Ganjam and Kalahandi are also likely to be affected by strong winds and very heavy rainfall, reports indicate.
The forecast of the observed track of the cyclonic storm- as projected by the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD)-indicates it will make a land fall close to Vishakhapatnam. The areas in Andhra Pradesh that are most likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone includes the stretch between Vishakhapatnam to Vizianagram and Srikakulam and places like Bheemunipatnam, Ramabhadrapuram, Bhogpatnam, Chintalvalasa, Dwaraka Nagar, Rushikonda, Madhurwada.
The predicted route of the storm also indicates it will strike Pottangi, Koraput, Narayanpatna, Jeypore in Koraput district, large parts of Malkangiri district as well as parts of Rayagada and Gajapati districts that lie close to the Odisha- Andhra border.
Leading storm tracking weather websites have said the cyclone is expected to remain on the west-northwestward trajectory and that favorable upper-level conditions are expected to improve allowing the cyclone to steadily intensify leading to a peak
intensity of 212 kmph (115 knots). They have forecast Hudhud’s landfall near Vishakhapatnam and said it will weaken as it tracks inland.