BHUBANESWAR: In all likelihood, Hud Hud will make the landfall between Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram by Sunday noon. It will then re-curve and pass through parts of south interior Odisha leaving the region affected, about six to seven hours after crossing the land.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said it will cross the coast as a very severe cyclonic storm. For the first six hours of the landfall, its impact will be the highest as it will maintain intensity of a very severe cyclonic storm.
Upgrading the wind speed from 155 kmph to 195 kmph, the IMD said the storm will cause damage in North Andhra Pradesh districts and Ganjam and Gajapati in Odisha.
The storm will then re-curve and move north-westward across south interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Wind speed reaching 100 kmph to 120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would prevail for first six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for next six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts of Odisha.
Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for next 12 hours after landfall.
Coastal Odisha, including Bhubaneswar, will receive showers and some spells may be heavy. The wind speed in the coastal region will be in the range of 55-65 km.
Wave of Panic
Huge waves hit the beach at Puri leading to panic among the locals on Saturday night. Similar trend was noticed at Gopalpur too. The local administration immediately moved the tourists and onlookers away from the beaches. The IMD has predicted that sea condition would be rough to very rough during the night. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards in north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high off south Odisha coast.