Cyclone Hudhud is now 530 kilometres from Visakhapatnam, on course to make landfall on Oct 12.
The Indian Meteorological Department’s latesst bulletin said, “Cyclone HudHud over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal lay centred at 8:30 am IST about 590 kilometres southeast of Visakhapatnam.”
“It would move west-northwestward and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours,” the MeT said.
East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh will experience heavy rainfall.
The rains would be accompanied by squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from Sunday morning along and off north Andhra coast and 80-90 kmph along and off south Odisha coast.
The US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre believes that its strength could become equivalent of a Category-2 hurricane.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has reviewed preparedness of the state in disaster management and directed officials to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that there is no loss of life and minimal damage to infrastructure.
The Odisha government has deployed rescue teams at vulnerable places and asked district collectors to begin evacuation of people, particularly in tribal dominated Malkangiri district.
“At least 25 teams, 15 of NDRF and 10 ODRF, have been deployed at vulnerable areas keeping an eye on the cyclone and heavy rainfall,” Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra told reporters.Malkangiri was this time in focus, Mohapatra said, adding the severe cyclonic storm was likely to pass over the district.