Hudhud bears down on Visakhapatnam

High tidal waves lash the Visakhapatnam coast under the impact of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud on Saturday. Photo: K.R. Deepak  

Ahead of Cyclone Hudhud, classified as very severe, more than 1.5 lakh people have been evacuated to 370 relief camps and shelters from four frontline districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. With expected rainfall of up to 45 cm and wind speeds of 180 kmph, Hudhud is due to make landfall between Visakhapatnam and Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation, and asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to remain in touch with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Director of the Cyclone Warning Centre Ramachandra Rao said Hudhud was within the range of the Doppler Weather Radar.

Even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of a very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and only gradually weaken while moving northwest across south interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

( With inputs from PTI)

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