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Odisha storm watch: ‘Hudhud’ turns ‘very severe’, windspeed to reach 130-155 kmph at landfall

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 12:

Tropical storm Hudhud turned into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay at a distance of 470 km and 460 km from Gopalpur port in Odisha respectively by 8.30 PM today, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its evening bulletin.

Hudhud path ( source- Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, US)
Hudhud path ( source- Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, US)

The bulletin predicted a windspeed of 130-140 kmph, gusting to a maximum of 155 kmph during the landfall by forenoon of October 12.

Here is the text of the bulletin which also includes advisories to both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha state governments:

“The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards during past six hours and lay centered at 2030 hrs IST of 10th October 2014 near latitude 15.4ºN and longitude 86.5ºE about 460 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. The system would move west-northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12 October 2014.”

Warning for north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha

(i) Heavy rainfall warning: Under the influence of the system, rainfall at most places with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 24.5 cm) would occur over west and east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha commencing from 11th onwards. Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.

(ii) Wind warning:

Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from 11th morning onwards. The wind speed would gradually increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from 12th morning along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).

(iii) Sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts:

Sea condition would be rough to very rough from 11th morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from 12th morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.

(iv) Storm surge warning:

Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.

(v) Damage expected:

A) North Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts): Under the influence of system, extensive damage to kutcha houses. Uprooting of big trees. Partial disruption of power and communication lines. Minor disruption of rail and road traffic. Potential threat from flying debris. Flooding of escape routes. Damage to agricultural crops.

B) South Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts): Damage to thatched huts. Breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines.Uprooting of small trees. Damage to agricultural crops.

(vi) Action suggested:

A) North Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts): Suspension of fishing operations in area of influence of cyclone.

Judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas to remain at safe places around landfall period.

Mobilise evacuation from coastal areas.

B) South Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts): Total suspension of fishing operations.