The Cyclone 'Hudhud' crossed the area between Port Blair and Long Island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipalego 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 upto 155 kmph," Indian Meteorological Director General Laxman Singh Rathore 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 Phalian, which hit the eastern coast in October last year. While Phalian, which was also a "very severe cyclonic storm" saw winds gusting upto 210-220 kmph, Hudhud may not be as severe as Phalian.
"It is not as severe as Phalian, but it is in the same category," Rathore said.
The IMD chief said "heavy rainfall" to "very heavy rainfall" at few places would commence over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of North coastal Andhra and Ganjam, Puri and Khurda districts of Odisha from October 11.
Flanked by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief O P Singh, Rathore said the two departments are in constant touch with each other.
Singh said NDRF's one batallion each in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are in total preparedness. Four teams of the force have left for Visakhapatnam and they would be further repositioned based on the request made by the two state governments.
"One batallion each in West Bengal and Bihar are on alert and could be airlifted anytime if required. The two states will be provided with satellite phones and an NDRF control room would be set up by tomorrow to deal with the situation," the NDRF chief said.

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