According to metrological department, the wind speed during Hud Hud will be lesser than what the eastern coast experienced during Phailin in October last year. The wind speed during Phailin was nearly 210 kmph, which made the cyclone second- strongest ever to hit India's coastal region. The country had witnessed its severest cyclone in Odisha in 1999.
According to reports, Hudhud would make landfall in north Andhra Pradesh between Gopalpur and Vishakhapatnam which means that it would lead to some peripheral damage but not on the scale as caused by Phailin.
The Hud Hud is expected to cross the Bay of Bengal coast on October 12 between Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha. The met department has confirmed formation of cyclonic storm 'Hud Hud' over north Andaman Sea and also issued a cyclone alert for the north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha on Wednesday. The department has advised Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to remain high alert.
According to a report in TOI, the met department has predicted wind speed of 145 kmph on Friday morning and 155 kmph by Saturday.
The report says, the impact of Hudhud cannot be underestimated. It says the met department has ruled that the high speed wind could extensively damage uncemented houses and also disrupt electricity supply and communication network.
The department has issued heavy rainfall warning for north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha and suggested suspension of fishing operations as the sea is likely to be rough off the cost of Andhra Pradesh where Vishakapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts are likely to bear the brunt of the storm.
Cyclone Phailin hit Odisha last year, causing damage to houses and property but timely evacuation by the Government minimised the loss of lives.