The severe cyclonic storm Hudhud is now expected to make a landfall point on north Andhra coast by early morning on Sunday, while causing less impact on Southern Odisha in terms of rains and wind speeds.
“The cyclone may make a landfall point around Visakhapatnam early morning tomorrow and there are chances that it may cross the seacoast even in Srikakulam,” Andhra Pradesh government chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao told Business Standard. He said that there was no threat of Hudhud becoming a super cyclone, though the administration is geared up to face any eventuality.
The cyclonic storm is being tracked by Visakhaptanam Doppler Weather Radar since Saturday morning, as it moved into its range.
According to an official weather bulletin issued today morning, the system moved west-north westwards across the Bay of Bengal for the past six hours. The cyclone is expected to move in a similar direction for some more time before moving north-westwards to cross North Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by Sunday forenoon.
The wind speed would gradually increase to 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph around and off the adjoining districts of South Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), according to the weather report.
Eastern and Southern Railways have cancelled many rail services and diverted some as severe cyclonic storms such as this could cause damage to the railway network in the vicinity of landfall point by flooding.
Under the influence of the system, extensive damage to communication lines, minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris, flooding of escape routes among other damages are likely to occur in areas of both North Andhra and West Odisha, according to the report .