Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 10:53 AM
The wind speed was recorded as 277 kmph when Hudhud made a landfall in north Andhra districts. The wind speed was even higher than what MET department had forecast. It actually forecast the wind speeds at 230 kmph but when , Hudhud was crossing coast, the weather department's crucial radar at Visakhapatnam had snapped and stopped functioning. But, in the Visakha navy port, the officials were able to record the wind speed. The naval ships recorded the speed as 140-150 knots indicating winds blew at a speed of 277 kmph when the cyclone hit the coast. Those who have seen previous cyclones said that though the speed was same in other cyclones, during Hudhud the wind has blown for a longer time. Its capacity to cause destruction is higher than the 1977 Diviseema and 1996 Konaseema cylones.