Natural Disasters

Cyclone Hudhud is landing near Visakhapatnam

Highest winds and rains blow as eyewall of cyclone hits Vizag

By Akshay Deoras
Published: Monday 30 November -0001

Highest winds and rains blow as eyewall of cyclone hits Vizag

Cyclone Hudhud’s landfall process is under way now and the eye of the cyclone will be most likely striking north of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) in Andhra Pradesh (just where estimated by this blogger). The Doppler Weather Radar in Visakhapatnam is now providing a better view of the cyclone’s position as it approaches the coast of Andhra Pradesh. The centre of the cyclone seems to be around 60 km south-east of Vizag as of 8.30 am.

Doppler Weather Radar shows cyclone Hudhud approaching Visakhapatnam (Courtesy IMD)

This image from Doppler Radar of Vizag (taken 8.31am IST) shows Vizag at the (+) mark. The black circled region shows eyewall and eye (where the yellow ring inside black circle is the eyewall—place where strongest winds and heaviest rainfall takes place. So, the eyewall is about to hit Vizag and coastal areas around it. By 12 noon, the eye is expected to approach the region and cross the coast during the afternoon hours. This will be the period when the rains will be stopping, almost (image below shows blue shaded region which is the eye where rains vanish), and winds will also decrease until the eye passes. People usually think that as the weather has become less intense, cyclone has passed and so they venture out. However, just after this eye passes, weather once again turns severe with a complete reversal of wind.

Rainfall estimated by DWR Vizag. Soon rainfall as high as 50-100mm in one hour will commence in Vizag and around. Then it will reduce once the eye arrives

Maximum winds at the moment should be close to 200km/hr gusting as high as 250km/hr.

The weather conditions will be relaxing in Vizag and surrounding areas by late tonight.

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Akshay Deoras is an independent weather forecaster

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