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3.30 pm: Five people have reportedly been killed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as Cyclone Hudhud lashed the coastal areas of both states on Sunday.
1.45 pm: Three people were killed as Cyclone Hudhud made landfall in the port city of Vishakhapatnam.
"Three deaths have been reported due to the impact of Hudhud cyclone. Two died after trees fell on them and one in collapse of compound-wall in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts, respectively," Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary I V R Krishna Rao told Press Trust of India.
12.05 pm: The eye of the cyclone is crossing Vishakhapatnam and hence rains have abated there. Waves have risen up to 1 to 1.5 meters.
The second wall cloud will again bring heavy rains and winds, says IMD. The storm will become weaker by 50 % after six hours. Rains, however, will continue for the next few days, proceeding up to Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
In Odisha, the winds are not very strong now (60-70 km per hour), but it will soon get very heavy rains in several southern districts, says IMD at a press conference.
12.02 pm: The two deaths reported in AP were due to heavy rains felling trees and walls. A man was reportedly killed when a tree fell on him while a woman was illed when a wall collapsed on her.
11.45 am: Windspeeds have now dropped to 160-180 km per hour. While there may be a short lull of a few hours in the storm, it is expected to pick up speed and intensity again after two hours as the tail of the storm will hit the coast.
11.30 am: As Cyclone Hudhud makes landfall, heavy rains lash Vishakhapatnam and other parts of Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Odisha. While there may be a short lull of a few hours in the storm, it is expected to pick up speed and intensity again after two hours.
11:17am: Two killed in rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts under the influence of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud: Andhra Pradesh government, says a new update by Press Trust of India.
11am: Cyclone Hudhud has made landfall, as eye of the storm is crossing Vishakhapatnam. The windspeeds are as high as 200kmph.
HUDHUD HELPLINE NUMBERS Andhra Pradesh
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10:30am: Cyclone Hudhud makes landfall as edge of the storm has crossed Vizag. Eye of the storm only 20km away from coast.
"Leading edge of Cyclone Hudhud crossing the coast of Visakhapatnam now; wind speed 190 kmph": Indian Navy
10:20am: Heavy rains and winds have uprooted trees, cause destruction in Vizag.
9:30am: The cyclone is now 40 km away from the port city of Vishakhapatnam.
Communication lines in the city have been disrupted. Heavy rains and winds have uprooted trees, cause destruction in Vizag.
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9am: The cyclone is reportedly 60 km away from Vishakhapatnam. More than 4 lakh people have been evacuated in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The cyclone has reached windspeeds of 180 km per hour. In Vishakhapatnam, winds are already blowing at 125 km per hour
8:30am: The cyclone is reportedly about 70 km away from Vishakhapatnam. Strong winds and rains are wreaking havoc in the port city, and the National Highway has been blocked.
The Indian Army, Navy and Airforce have been kept rescue teams on stand-by. 17 Coast Guard Ships, nine aircraft, 44 teams of the National Disaster Response Force with over 2,000 rescuers have been deployed for rescue operations.
8am: More than 2 lakh people have been evacuated with only three hours left before Cyclone Hudhud, which has turned into a very severe storm, makes landfall near Vishakhapatnam.
Heavy rainfall is lashing Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Visibility in Vishakhapatnam has reduced to 500 meters, according to reports.
CYCLONE LOCATION: The cyclone is 100 km southeast of Visakhapatnam and 240 km south - southeast of Gopalpur, as per an update by IMD at 6.30 am.
The speed of Cyclone Hudhud would gradually increase to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall, according to IMD.
According to IMD, even after landfall, Cyclone Hudhud would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for 6 hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in subsequent 6 hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. Under its influence rainfall at most places with heavy falls at a few places would occur over south Chattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called for a review meeting on Saturday, has asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to work with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to ensure 'zero casualty'.