NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR, Oct 8 � A �very severe cyclonic storm� is likely to hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast by October 12 and unleash heavy rainfall and gusty winds with speed up to 155 kmph, the Met department said today, reports PTI.
The Cyclone Hudhud crossed the area between Port Blair and Long Island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago today, with winds gusting at 67 kmph.
�It will cross east coast between Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha on the noon of October 12. The wind speed range is expected to be 130-140 kmph and may gust up to 155 kmph,� Indian Meteorological Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said in Delhi.
He, however, added that no landfall point of the cyclone has been zeroed in so far and it is likely to remain over sea.
�The landfall will be in the range of 200 km (between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur) and the cyclone size is about 500 km,� said M Mohapotra, scientist with IMD�s Cyclonic Warning Division.
Hudhud will be the second major cyclone after Phailin, which hit the eastern coast in October last year. While Phailin, which was also a �very severe cyclonic storm� saw winds gusting up to 210-220 kmph, Hudhud may not be as severe as Phailin.