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Hudhud intensifies, to hit Visakhapatnam

Cyclone Hudhud has now been reclassified to severe cyclone from cyclone today. It continues to intensify and is expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam before noon on Sunday October 12, India time said India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin.

For now, the cyclone has moved closer to the coast and is 720 km southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha). It would continue to move west-north-westwards with expected winds of 140 km/ph (wind gusts of 155km/ph) along with heavy rainfall and rough seas. South Odisha will experience lesser gusts of upto 90 kmph and get heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed officials to ensure all rescue and relief operations are in place in coastal districts. All fishermen have been advised to stay off the seas along the Andhra and Odisha coasts and for “judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.”

The cyclone has already ravaged Andaman and Nicobar islands where it uprooted trees, triggered landslides and downed power lines. The US National Weather Service is calling Hudhud to peak at Category 4 strength and drop more than a meter of rain as it moves inland.

Musafir Namah Bureau



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