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Slight relief for Odisha: ‘Hudhud’ to be lesser in intensity than ‘Phailin’, says IMD

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8:Y

‘Cyclone Hudhud’ will be of lesser intensity than Cyclone Phailin last year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said this afternoon.

LS Rathore, DG, IMD
LS Rathore, DG, IMD

“Wind speeds reached about 210 km per hour during Phailin whereas the speed is likely to be in the range of about 140 km per km, gusting up to 155 km this time,” IMD Director General (DG) LS Rathore told the media in  New Delhi.

‘Hudhud’ is heading towards the coastal areas and is most likely to take the shape into a severe cyclonic storm by October 9 and turn into a very severe cyclonic storm the next day i.e. October 10, he said.

“Going by the modular analysis, Hudhud will have a landfall between Gopalpur and Vishakhapatnam around noon  on October 12,” Rathore said.

Rathore said three districts of Andhra Pradesh and four districts of Odisha—Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Khordha—would be affected the most by the cyclone.