Cyclone Hudhud likely to hit Odisha by Oct 12

VISAKHAPATNAM, Oct 7: A cyclonic storm is brewing in the Bay of Bengal and is expected to hit the Odisha coast by October 12, Met officials said.

The cyclone is likely to be named Hudhud, after an Afro-Eurasian bird, by Oman, whose turn it is to name the next cyclone.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone appeared on Monday as a low pressure over the south Myanmar coast and adjoining Andaman Sea, and is likely to be concentrated into a depression on October 7 before intensifying into a cyclone on October 8.

If the predictions come true, Hudhud will be first cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal in the 2014 north Indian Ocean cyclone season, an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formations in the two main seas of the country, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

According to IMD, from January 1 this year, a total of five depressions formed over both seas, apart from two deep depressions and one cyclonic storm, Nanauk (name contributed by Myanmar), which formed over the Arabian Sea during the onset of the southwest monsoon in June this year.

Confirming the formation of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, K Seetharam, director, IMD Hyderabad Centre, said that though it was too early to predict the intensity of the cyclone, he said it was certain that the cyclone would form due to favourable weather conditions.

"We expect the cyclone to form on October 8 and make landfall in the Odisha coast by October 12. Some parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh such as Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam are likely to receive good amount of rainfall during the landfall period," Seetharam added.

He said, due to the cyclone, the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which normally takes place around October 15 would get delayed by nearly five to six days.

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