BHUBANESWAR : Nick Garrab is footloose. And he sure does not care two hoots about a tropical storm. Even as the international community was abuzz with Hud Hud and its impact, this British tourist was taking a trip in his caravan along the ‘danger zones’ of the eastern sea board - from Visakhapatnam to Gopalpur and Puri.
Not that he was not aware of the tropical cyclone and its predicted impact along this points but this native of Cambridge was enjoying the ‘extreme weather’. For living, Nick works as an adventure tour leader.
“There is nothing to be scared of this cyclone. Besides, I am a tour guide and I have been driving along India,” he said from Puri beach on Sunday.
Even as Hud Hud was heading towards Visakhapatnam coast, he camped there for a few days and drove his caravan to Gopalpur where he spent some time. He then moved to Puri.
Though he has been enjoying the stay and the weather, Nick feels sad for the coastal inhabitants. “While it is great to be in the region during such an extreme weather event, it is a hard time for the locals,” he says.
Nick who saw the tidal surge on Saturday night is happy that Puri has been spared by the natural disaster but his heart goes out for the fisherfolks who have been shifted and can not venture into the sea for fishing. The next place on his list is Chilika. “I was supposed to go to Chilika today but could not. I will visit the lagoon on Monday,” he signed off.