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Tropical Storm Causes First Casualty
Cyclone Hudhud strikes Andhra coast
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-10-12,  Publish Time : 12:26,  View Count : 51
VISAKHAPATNAM: Heavy rain and strong winds have lashed Vizag as the cyclonic storm Hudhud made a landfall on Andhra Pradesh coast.

Indian Meteorological Department says, the outer edge of the cyclone crossed land at around 10am and the eye of the storm is expected to make a landfall at around noon.

Current speed of Cyclone Hudhud is 170-180kmph gusting upto 195kmph.

Two killed in rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts under the influence of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, report PTI.

Several trees have been uprooted in the city, with the current wind speed around 180kmph.

Two people were killed in separate rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud triggered heavy downpour in the region.

One person was killed when the compound wall of a building collapsed in Visakhaptnam district.

Another person died in Srikakulam district when a tree collapsed following pounding rains, according to state disaster managemen department.

The strong winds and heavy rains led to large-scale disruption of power lines in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Based on observations at around 10.15 am, IMD Hyderabad centre director K Seetharam said the eye of Hudhud is located 45-50 km from Vizag city and the storm moving in the north westerly direction. "The eye of the storm will make landfall between Bheemili and Vizag city around noon at wind speeds of as high as 200 kmph. The upper layer has already crossed land city and we are waiting for the eye to hit land," Seetharam told Times Of India.

TOI said, Strong winds of over 150 kmph began lashing the 'City of Destiny' right from the wee hours of Sunday, throwing life completely out of gear and virtually shutting the city down.

Huge waves began pounding the Vizag coast from morning. The strong howling winds wreaked havoc in the city, sending hoardings flying, shattering glass windows of buildings, damaging mud houses in the city and uprooting several trees and electricity poles across the city, disrupting power supply and forcing people to remain locked up indoors. Phone connectivity too has been hit with phone lines down and mobile signals erratic.

Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm, deep convection is taking place over the North Bay. Gusty/squally wind may
continue over the North Bay, coastal areas and the maritime ports of Bangladesh.

The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3.

Under the influence of the very severe cyclonic storm, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind-driven surge of 1-3 feet height above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to take shelter immediately and remain in shelter till further notice.


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