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hudhud cyclone touches vishakapatnam 3 killed



VisakhapatnamThe ‘very severe' Cyclone Hudhud wrecked havoc as it hit the Andhra Pradesh coast between Bheemili and Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam before 11 am on Sunday
Cyclone Hudhud, which made a landfall in Andhra Pradesh this noon, lost its intensity by evening as it moved further 60 km northwest of Visakhapatnam, the IMD said on Sunday.
Hudhud, which was so far a very severe cyclonic storm has now converted into a severe cyclone. Its speed is now limited to 100-110 kmph, said M Mahapatra, scientist at the Cyclone Warning Division of IMD.
Normal life was thrown out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph earlier today battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts.
The gale, accompanied by heavy downpour, resulted in trees being uprooted and roofs of thatched huts and sheds being swept away. Earlier, in the day, winds were gusting at nearly 200 kms per hour.
Three people have been reported dead in Andhra Pradesh after Cylone Hudhud hit the state. Yoganandam died at Santabommali in Srikakulam district, Appaiah died at Padmanabhaiah mandal and Styavthi died in Anakapalli in Hyderabad.
All three north coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh- Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam are witnessing heavy downpour from early hours of Sunday and the situation is expected to worsen as soon as ‘very severe cyclone’ makes landfall.
Smashing winds of 200 kmph uprooted trees and electricity poles. Weak structures and bus shelters collapsed and lightweight objects were seen flying.
Students taking shelter at a high school in Srikakulam suffered injuries after the roof collapsed. Sea waves surged by at least 500 metres at various places in Srikakulam and 100 metres at Uppada in Visakhapatnam.
After landfall, the cyclone will persist for almost six hours and will be at its severity during noon. Though, it is expected to later weaken over the next six hours as it will move towards Odisha and Chhattisgarh

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