hudhud cyclone in andhra pradesh

01:33 pm: Damage in Vizag

According to a Andhra government official, around 70 per cent of trees in Vizag have been uprooted. The airport has suffered damage, will remain non-functional for regular passenger traffic. The Vizag national highway (which is part of Chennai-Kolkata NH) has been cleared. Railways running special train from Bhubaneswar to Vizag. IMD equipment at Kailasgiri in Vizag has got destroyed. Heavy damage to property on Ramakrishna Beach Road in Vizag.

01:16 pm: NDRF presses 42 teams for rescue and relief

NDRF has pressed 42 rescue and relief teams to undertake the swift relief and rescue operations in vulnerable places of different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. NDRF teams are engaged in clearing roads by removing trees and other obstacles scattered due to Hudhud.
So far, 13,256 (11,853 in Andhra Pradesh and 1403 in Odishas) persons have been evacuated to safer places. Relief work is in progress.

01:03 pm: South Central Railway has cancelled four trains, three more diverted.

12:45 pm: Since Vizag airport is not functional because of the heavy damages it sustained, Rajahmundry airport is being used as the base at the moment. If the Vizag airport does not get operational by tomorrow, PM Modi will land in Rajahmundry and go on an aerial survey.

12:20 pm: No electricity in Vizag

Reeling under devastating cyclone Hudhud, people in the port city of Vizag are without electricity. Mobile phones are also not working for a second consecutive day on Monday.

12:10 pm: PM Narendra Modi: Have been constantly taking updates on Cyclone Hudhud. Spoke to AP CM. Will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow & take stock of the situation.

11:45 am: Vishakhapatnam airport is open, says Navy. Navy aircraft operating, IAF to land shortly.

11:35 am: More rain

Widespread rains in Odisha, Chhattishgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and East UP in the next 48 hours. The Met department has warned for heavy downpour for many areas from till Wednesday.

11:21 am: Flood threat ahead

After Hudhud has considerably damaged communication services and affected power supplies in affected districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, it is now posing serious threat of flood. A detailed assessment will be carried out as soon as the wind speed is reduced and the roads are cleared.

11:14 am: We don’t expect bad weather in Odisha. Rainfall expected in some internal pockets. In SouthWest Odisha rainfall will decrease: SC Sahu, director IMD

11:05 am: PM to visit areas affected by Hudhud

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.

10:55 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh talked to the chief ministers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and MP and discussed advance of cyclone and measures taken.A man rescues a woman who fell in the water due to strong tidal waves on the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Odisha. Photo: APA man rescues a woman who fell in the water due to strong tidal waves on the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Odisha. Photo: AP

10:35 am: Storm over Chhattisgarh now

Hudhud has now moved over to south Chhattisgarh and neighbourhood, said an IMD bulletin released at 7.30 am. It was located 90km NW of Jagdalpur and 190km south of Raipur.

10:30 am: Storm to weaken soon
Hudhud is now moving towards north-northwest and will weaken into a depression in the next few hours, said IMD.

10:28 am: There will be heavy rainfall at many places over north Andhra Pradesh (North of Vizag) and coastal Odisha in the next 12 hours, said IMD. The weather will improve after that.

10:15 am: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams with personnel from various government departments have started clearing felled trees, electricity and communication poles and hoardings from roads in the affected areas.

10:00 am: The cyclone has lost speed and weakened since Sunday night and now turned into a ‘deep depression’: weather reports.

9:45 am: Both runways at naval air station INS Dega will be fit for flying by 2.30pm : Navy statement

9:27 am: P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance being prepared to carry out damage assessment of coastal areas hit by Cyclone Hudhud. The aircraft is based at INS Rajali in Arakkonam.

9:10 am: Death toll 8, 4 lakh evacuated

According to preliminary assessment, the death toll is eight, five in AP (three in Visakhapatnam and one each in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts) and three in Odisha. A little over four lakh people, about 250,000 in four districts of AP and 156,000 in nine districts of Odisha, were evacuated to relief camps.

Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam.Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam.

8:58 am: Hudhud to weaken gradually

Latest weather bulletin said Hudhud lay centred very close to south Chhattisgarh and adjoining southwest Odisha. It would move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually. Under the influence of the system, heavy rainfall would occur over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh besides some districts of south Odisha during the next 24 hours.

8:40 am: Extensive damage at Vizag Airport. Runway clearance is under process at Dega to resume aircraft operations.

8:30 am: Heavy rain and gusting winds continue

Extremely turbulent weather conditions prevailing in area with gusting winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall. Dense cloud cover over area. Large number of trees uprooted and fallen on roads and power supply cables snapped. No power supply and risk of operating generators view power supply cables may cause electrocution.

8:20 am: Around 70 per cent power lines snapped in Visakhapatnam. Andhra Pradesh govt to buy 40,000 electric poles in the three north coastal districts.

8:10 am: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to operate out of Vizag this week.

8:00 am: Over 207286 people evacuated from ten districts of Odisha.

11:30 pm: Modi briefed about situation in wake of Hudhud

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Sunday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in the districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha affected by cyclonic storm Hudhud that hit the country’s east coast earlier on Sunday and left six people dead, sources said.

10:39 pm: Navy to lead ‘Op Lehar’ to rescue people

Responding to cyclone Hudhud, the armed forces repositioned their resources to assist the civil administration to launch rescue and relief operations in the affected regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

The Navy has been appointed as the lead agency among the armed force to carry out relief and rescue operations which have been code-named ‘Op Lehar’.

10:00 pm: Telangana offers help to cyclone-hit Andhra

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao offered to help Andhra Pradesh in rescue and relief operations in areas affected by cyclonic storm Hudhud.

09:10 pm: Hudhud claims 3 lives in Odisha, 1.56 lakh people evacuated
At least three persons died in Odisha as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the coast in north Andhra Pradesh at noon, triggering heavy rain and gusty winds in the southern and coastal parts.

About 1.56 lakh people were evacuated to safety ahead of the storm making landfall but three deaths have been reported in the state under the impact of Hudhud, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra said, adding that the system was still active over Odisha and was likely to cross over to Chhattisgarh later tonight.

08:48 pm: Armed forces reposition resources in Andhra, Odisha

Responding to cyclone Hudhud, the armed forces on Sunday repositioned their resources to assist the civil administration to launch rescue and relief operations in the affected regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

The Andhra Sub-Area of Army has deployed four teams of its personnel at Vishakhapatnam and as many teams at Srikakulam (Tikli and Echerla). Army has also established a Disaster Management Cell at Air Defence College, Gopalpur.

07:47 pm: Man who helped evacuate pregnant women, dies in Odisha

A 40-year-old man who had risked his life to save seven women and children from meeting a watery grave in a crocodile-infested rivulet during the evacuation drive ahead of Cyclone Hudhud, died on Sunday sending shockwaves across far-flung Okilopala and Satabhaya villages in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.

Heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind lashed several parts of Andhra Pradesh.Heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind lashed several parts of Andhra Pradesh.7.30 pm: Hudhud loses intensity, says IMD

Cyclone Hudhud, which made a landfall in Andhra Pradesh this noon, lost its intensity by evening as it moved further 60 km northwest of Visakhapatnam, the IMD said.

Hudhud, which was so far a very severe cyclonic storm has now converted into a severe cyclone. Its speed is now limited to 100-110 kmph, said M Mahapatra, scientist at the Cyclone Warning Division of IMD.

05:45 pm: Cyclone Hudhud loses speed; winds now blowing at 120-130 kmph: Indian Meteorological Department.

05:43 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu all possible assistance as Cyclone Hudhud made landfall leaving five persons dead in the state and neighbouring Odisha.

The Prime Minister, who had on Saturday held an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclone, spoke to Naidu and discussed relief and rescue measures.

The very severe cyclonic storm is likely to make a landfall near Visakhapatnam.The very severe cyclonic storm is likely to make a landfall near Visakhapatnam.5.15 pm: Cyclone hits train movement in Andhra, Odisha: Railways cancelled or diverted many trains in north coastal Andhra and adjoining Odisha in view of severe cyclone Hudhud which hit the coast near Visakhapatnam.

04:45 pm: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu wants PM Modi to declare Hudhud as a national calamity.

04:00 pm: 90,000 people moved to relief camps in four districts

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa said on Sunday said that nearly 90,000 people have been shifted to relief camps in four cyclone Hudhud-hit districts.

Chinarajappa, from the cyclone control room set up at the Kakinada collectorate said that so far, 90,000 people from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari districts have been moved to relief camps.

03:30 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: Five persons die in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha.

02:40 pm: Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts on Sunday.

02:35 pm: Cyclone intensity to prevail for 6 hours after landfall: IMD.

02:25 pm: Casualty in cyclone Hudhud rises to two in Odisha with a fresh death reported from Puri on Sunday. See pics: Cyclone Hudhud: High tides slam Vizag, 2 killed

02:00 pm: Gusty winds, uprooted trees, torn roofs of hutments and sheds and snapped electric cables bore testimony to the impact of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud which hit Andhra Pradesh’s coastal districts on Sunday.

Naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam.Naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam.01:20 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: NDRF rushes additional teams to Vishakhapatnam, total 13 teams in the district now.

12:40 pm: Cyclone wind speed 170-180 kmph gusting up to 195 kmph in Andhra Pradesh coast, wind speed will come down by 50 per cent in 6 hours: IMD Chief Laxman Singh Rathore. WATCH VIDEO: Cyclone Hudhud: Fresh footage of rains and storm

12:35 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: PMO monitoring situation on an hourly basis, says IMD chief. Cyclone Hudhud: 2 killed in coastal Andhra

12:30 pm: Time, place and speed of Hudhud cycle as per forecast: IMD chief.

12:10 pm: Precaution becomes the prime concern for people of the seaside villages of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts in Odisha as they do not want to take chances for the incoming cyclone Hudhud.

Animated image of Cyclone Hudhud moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11:55 am: Andhra Pardesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is reviewing the situation arising out of the cyclone from the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat. Cyclone Hudhud: Maximum wind speed touches 205 kmph in Vishakapatnam

11:38 pm: The strong winds and heavy rains led to large-scale disruption of power lines in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

11:35 am: 5 diving teams dispatched to Srikakulam, 10 teams to low-lying areas in and around Vizag for rescue and relief operations: Navy.

11:30 am: Cyclone Hudhud makes landfall in Vishakhapatnam, wind speed reaches 205 km per hour. WATCH VIDEO: Cyclone Hudhud: Landfall in Vizag

11:10 am: Two killed in rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts under influence of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud: Andhra Pradesh government. Hudhud lands at 170-190 kmph

Lakhs of people are being evacuated from towns and villages through which the cyclone will pass.Lakhs of people are being evacuated from towns and villages through which the cyclone will pass.11:00 am: With Cyclone Hudhud set to hit the coast in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind lashed several parts of south Odisha where over 45,000 people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas to safety.

10:58 am: Though the very severe cyclonic storm is likely to make a landfall near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha government has braced for the calamity and kept Army teams and choppers on standby for rescue and relief operations besides deploying NDRF and ODRAF personnel.

10:55 am: Chances are that in about one hour Cyclone Hudhud will cross Vizag. 42 teams have been deployed: RK Rana, DIG, NDRF.

10:35 am: People are being evacuated. 10,000 people have been evacuated until now: PC Chaudhary, Collector, Ganjam district.

10:20 am: Cyclone Hudhud is 45 km away from Vishakhapatnam: IMD.

10:10 am:
East coast railway helpline nos.
At stations: Cuttack: 06712510131, Puri: 06752226717, Bhubaneswar: 0674-2532233, Brahmapur: 06802229633.

Control room helpline nos. Bhubaneswar: 0674-2303110, 08455885999, Khurda road: 0674-2490670, 08455887999, Sambalpur: 0663-2533037, 08455886999, Visakhapatnam: 0891-2842415, 08978080999.

10:00 am: Strong gales uprooted trees, disrupting vehicular transport. Several areas including industrial zone of Gajuwaka on the outskirts plunged into darkness as electricity lines were snapped.

Fishermen walk along the shore before being evacuated at Visakhapatnam district.Fishermen walk along the shore before being evacuated at Visakhapatnam district.09:58 am: Heavy rains have inundated low-lying areas in Visakhapatnam city and surrounding areas. People were evacuated to safer places, officials said.

09:48 am: Army columns are positioned at Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam with power boats and other equipment for rescue and relief.

Fishermen shift their boat in the view of cyclonic storm Hudhud in Srikakulam. Photo: PTI.Fishermen shift their boat in the view of cyclonic storm Hudhud in Srikakulam. Photo: PTI.09:47 am: Six helicopters have been positioned in the Naval base at Visakhapatnam.

09:46 am: The Indian Air Force has tasked Headquarters Training Command, Bangalore to be the nodal agency for all relief operations in connection with severe cyclone Hudhud.

Earlier this year, a disaster relief conclave was held at Hyderabad wherein officials from all concerned agencies participated.

High tides lashing out the Ramakrishna beach in Visakhapatnam as an effect of Cyclone Hudhud. Photo: PTI.High tides lashing out the Ramakrishna beach in Visakhapatnam as an effect of Cyclone Hudhud. Photo: PTI.09:42 am: All relief operations will be undertaken by the IAF under the leadership of Air Marshal Ramesh Rai, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Training Command.

09:40 am: Cyclone Hudhud 60 kms from Andhra Pradesh coast: IMD.

09:26 am: As many as 19 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams (each consisting of 45-50 members) were deployed in the four districts.

09:20 am: Andhra Pradesh government has identified 356 villages in 59 mandals of the four districts as cyclone-prone. More than 300 relief camps have been opened.

09:15 am: The Indian Meteorological Department warned that storm surge of about 1-2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.

With Bonda Ghati being expected to be the worst sufferers for the cyclonic storm Hudhud, as a precautionary measure the Malkangiri district administration evacuated primitive Bonda tribe to Mudulipada school. Photo: PTI.With Bonda Ghati being expected to be the worst sufferers for the cyclonic storm Hudhud, as a precautionary measure the Malkangiri district administration evacuated primitive Bonda tribe to Mudulipada school. Photo: PTI.”Even after landfall the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh,” the bulletin said.

08:47 am: The wind speed would gradually increase to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).

Onlookers looking at sea tide at Gopalpur beach. Photo: PTI.Onlookers looking at sea tide at Gopalpur beach. Photo: PTI.08:30 am: Wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts on Sunday morning.

08:25 am: According to the latest bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department, the storm would cross close to the port city of Visakhapatnam around noon.

08:20 am: Tens of thousands of people had been evacuated from vulnerable areas of the four districts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a emergency high-level meeting to review the preparedness for Cyclone HudHud, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: PTI08:15 am: “Except East Godavari, power entirely failed in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam (which are expected to bear the brunt). There were gale winds. The situation is very severe. National Highway in the region has been shut,” Special Commissioner, State Disaster Management Authority, K Hymavathi said.

08:00 am: Strong winds and heavy rains led to large-scale disruption of power lines in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh as the state braced for Hudhud, a very severe cyclonic storm that is expected to hit the coast around noon on Sunday.

Saturday:
11:45 pm: Over 70 trains cancelled in view of cyclone

East Coast Railway and South Central Railway have cancelled over 70 trains while short terminating or diverting many others in view of cyclonic storm Hudhud, which is set to cross Andhra Pradesh coast on Sunday.

East Coast Railway announced cancellation of 13 express and four passenger trains scheduled to run on Sunday and Monday. (IANS)

Fisherwomen watch the sea waves before evacuating the place near Podampeta village, on the outskirts of Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district, 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Bhubaneswar on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Photo: AP10.15 pm: PM Modi holds emergency meeting to review preparedness

In an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for cyclone Hudhud, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked officials to ensure that rescue and relief operations proceed smoothly and people are informed about the cyclone on a real-time basis.

Modi also asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to be in touch with the Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by it, an official statement said.

The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary and other senior officials from the Indian Meteorological Departmentand and the PMO.

Modi was briefed on evacuation and other precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for coping with the cyclone. (PTI)

Fishermen move a boat away from the coast following a cyclone warning near Podampeta village, on the outskirts of Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district, 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Bhubaneswar on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Photo: AP8.00 pm: Over 2 lakh evacuated from AP, Odisha coastal areas

Over two lakh people living in and around the vulnerable coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been evacuated with Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ set to hit the two states on Sunday with winds gusting up to 195 kmph.

The Andhra government has made arrangements to evacuate 5,14,725 people in all, officials said, while the Army and the Navy have kept their personnel on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.

In Odisha, the state government on Saturday began evacuating people from vulnerable areas to minimise casualties. (PTI)

6.45 pm: West Bengal CM reviews preparedness for Cyclone Hudhud

A 24-hour control room has been opened at the state secretariat as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today reviewed the preparedness in view of Cyclone Hudhud that will hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coastal areas on Sunday. (PTI)

Children sit on fishing boats by the shore before being evacuated in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. At least 100,000 people were evacuated on eastern seaboard on Saturday as cyclone Hudhud bore down, threatening to devastate farmland and fishing villages when it hits the coast on Sunday. Reuters/R Narendra6.00 pm: Centre takes stock of relief preparedness

The National Crisis Management Committee on Saturday took stock of the preparedness of various state and central government agencies in view of Cyclone ‘Hudhud.’ The meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and it took stock of the relief and rescue measures put in place in both the states after discussing the subject with the Chief Secretaries of the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. (PTI)

4.37 pm: Cyclone to have surface wind speed of 160-170 kmph

The maximum sustained surface wind speed of Hudhud cyclone will be ranging between 170-180 kmph gusting to 180 kmph on landfall, the Indian Meteorological Department has said.

4.21 pm: Cyclone to hit Visakhapatnam at forenoon tomorrow

The Indian Meteorological Department in its 2.30 pm bulletin said the cyclone was around 260 km southeast of
Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and around 360 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha. The system will cross the Andhra Pradesh coast by forenoon of Sunday, October 12.

3.23 pm: Waves could rise up to 30 feet, says Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Joint Typhoon Warning Center has issued this warning for Hudhud:

Tropical Cyclone Hudhud (TC 03B), located approximately 150 nm southeast of Visakhapatnam has tracked westward at 06 knots over the past six hours.

Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery depicts a consolidating system with a 9-nm eye, therefore, there is good confidence in the initial position. A 110437z metop-b89ghz image indicates a banding feature over the southern semi-circle.

Fishermen walk along the shore before being evacuated in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh on October 11. Reuters The initial intensity is assessed at 105 knots based on dvorak intensity estimates ranging from 102 to 115 knots.

TC 03B is tracking along the southwestern periphery of the subtropical ridge (STR) and is forecast to make landfall near TAU 24, then begin re-curving poleward along the western periphery of the STR, which is forecast to re-orient as a deep midlatitude trough deepens over northern india.

TC 03B is forecast to continue intensifying prior to landfall, and should peak near 115 knots.

Thereafter, the system will weaken rapidly over land and dissipate by TAU 72. Maximum significant wave height at 110600z is 30 feet.

Boys walk on fishing boats by the shore before being evacuated in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh on October 11. Reuters03:29 PM: 396 villages in Andhra face cyclone fury

-396 cyclone prone villages in 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh are to be evacuated.
-3.91 lakh people to be evacuated (of these 1.85 lakh are in Srikakulam alone, the highest).
-These people will be shifted to 370 relief camps (110 of them in Srikakulam, the highest).
-54 boats have been kept ready (30 of them are naval boats).
-15 satellite phones are arranged.
-689 swimmers are positioned across 5 districts.

03:20 PM: National Crisis Management Committee meets to review preparedness

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) mettoday under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and reviewed the preparedness for relief and rescue operations in the wake of the cyclonic storm.

A TV grab of the Gopalpur coast in Odisha ahead of Hudhud on Saturday.02:48 PM: CM Naidu seeks ISRO’s help

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has asked ISRO to provide satellite pictures of area
Exact position of landfall will be known today evening or tomorrow morning, says Vizag cyclone warning center.

02:18 PM: PM reviews preparation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting to take stock of the preparations for the storm.

02:15 PM: More trains cancelled
Railways cancel 40 trains between Bhubhaneswar-Vishakapatnam
40 more trains diverted for security reasons.

12:14 PM: Cyclone deadlier than expected, says top IMD official

The cyclone will make landfall at an estimated speed of 170-180km/hour, IMD Director General L.S. Rathore told Headlines Today. “Cyclone has developed an eye.It has also come under radar now. It is moving at a speed of 10 kmph towards the Indian coast.”

12.13 PM: 14-metre high waves expected

The storm is likely to raise 14 meter high waves in the ocean. Another forecast said the cyclone could raise waves of up to 30 feet.

11:48 AM: Heavy rainfall forecast in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

11:08 AM: NDRF monitoring the building storm

NDRF control room is regularly monitoring the activities about this cyclonic storm and in touch with other agencies to provide immediate help for rescue and relief in case of emergent situation.

10:55 am: Trains cancelled

37 trains going to Odisha have been cancelled, railway authorities said on Saturday.

10:54 am: NDRF readies 39 teams

39 teams of NDRF comprising of more than 1680 rescuers along with 199 inflatable rubber boats and other life saving equipments are deployed in various parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to meet any challenges arise due to cyclonic storm

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