"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 told PTI.
Tens of thousands of people had been evacuated from vulnerable areas of the four districts. According to the latest bulletin of Indian Meteorological Department, the storm would cross close to the port city of Visakhapatnam around noon.
Wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts this morning.
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).