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Odisha storm watch: ‘Hudhud’ gathers strength as it hurtles towards coast

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:

The severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, which lay 670 kms away from Gopalpur by Thursday night moved closer- 650 km by 5.30 AM on Friday- and intensified further as it hurtled towards the Andhra-Odisha coast.

Route prediction by Tropical Storm Risk site
Route prediction by Tropical Storm Risk site

The morning bulletin issued by the Met Centre in Bhubaneswar said, “The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral & adjoining eastcentral Bay moved westwards and lay centered at 2330 hrs IST of 9th October 2014 near latitude 14.1ºN and longitude 87.9ºE over westcentral & adjoining eastcentral Bay about 650 km southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. Thereafter, system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014.”

Under its influence rain/thundershower would occur at many places over Odisha and there may be heavy rainfall at one or two places over coastal districts during next 24 hours, the bulletin predicted, adding, squally wind reaching a speed of 50-60 kmph and gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off south Odisha coast from Saturday morning onwards.

The wind speed would increase to 80-90 kmph along and off south Odisha coast from Sunday morning, the bulletin warned.

Leading international weather site Accuweather has predicted that Hudhud, which could make a landfall late om Saturday, may turn into a Category 3 storm, which has a windspeed range of 178.6 km  to 209 km per hour.

The  site on Thursday night said , “At this point, it appears as though Hudhud will make landfall along the east coast of India near Visakhapatnam Saturday night or early Sunday, local time. Hudhud is expected to be the equivalent of category 3 hurricane near the time of landfall which will bring destructive winds and flooding rainfall. In addition, a storm surge near the center of the storm will lead to extensive coastal flooding and erosion.”