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Odisha storm watch: Hudhud 970 kms away from Gopalpur, likely to strike close to Vizag

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:

The cyclonic storm Hudhud is moving closer to the Odisha-Andhra coast. It lay at a distance of 970 km from Gopalpur by 5.30 PM this afternoon, the evening bulletin of the IMD Centre, Bhubaneswar said.

Tracking Hudhud path ( source- tropicalstormrisk)
Tracking Hudhud path ( source- tropicalstormrisk)

The observed-forecast-track in the cyclone page of the India Meteorological Department indicates that Hudhud would have a landfall close to Vishakhapatnam, away from the Odisha-Andhra border.

“The Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over Southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward and lay centered at 1730 hours IST of 8th October 2014 near latitude 12.8ºN and longitude 91.0ºE about 970 km southeast of Gopalpur.

“The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Vishakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon on October 12,” the bulletin said.

The bulletin advised hoisting Distant Warning Signal Number TWO (DW-II) at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports in Odisha.

Rain/Thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha during the next 24 hours, it said.