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Cyclone Hudhud? Really? What does that mean?
The India Meteorological Department, which is a regional specialised meteorological centre recognised by the World Meteorological Organisation, has the mandate to provide weather advisories to seven countries -- Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka besides India.
It also asks these countries to suggest names for the cyclones, which are then listed in an alphabetical order of the names of the member countries.
The main north Indian Ocean tropical season runs from May to November.
The convention of naming cyclones dates back to the early 20th century when an Australian forecaster named major storms after politicians he disliked.
While the US weather office started giving names to cyclones in 1953, the trend began in the sub-continent in 2004.
Whatever be the logic behind giving the cyclone such a name, it certainly makes lighter vein of its severity.
The next cyclone in the northern Indian Ocean region will be named Nilofar by Pakistan followed by Priya (Sri Lanka) and Komen (Thailand).
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th (Oct)," the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin.
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands were, meanwhile, put off a state of alert as "no adverse weather" is expected due to this system over the territory.
"Under the influence of the system, rainfall at most places, with heavy (6.5 - 12.4cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 - 24.4cm) at a few places, and isolated extremely heavy falls (more than 24.5cm), would occur over south Odisha from the evening of Oct 11 onwards.
According to the Met department, squally winds reaching speeds of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off the north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from the morning of Oct 11. Windspeeds would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from Oct 12.
It also warned that, under the influence of the system, there was a threat of "extensive damage to kutcha houses, partial disruption of power and communication lines, minor disruption of rail and road traffic".
The bulletin also cautioned against "flying debris and the flooding of escape routes".