Severe cyclonic storm Vardah over the Bay of Bengal will make landfall near Chennai on Monday, the weather office said on Sunday, as the coastal states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh brace to deal with it.
Four ships of the Indian Navy were sailed on Wednesday morning to evacuate about 800 tourists from Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands, an official said.
The Odisha government put the collectors of 14 districts on high alert even though the IMD predicted that Cyclone Kyant is likely to move towards Andhra Pradesh coast.
The National Disaster Response Force has deployed its teams in vulnerable areas of Gujarat to deal with cyclonic storm Nilofar that will hit the state's coast on Friday.
The airport terminal building, designed to withstand wind speed up to 150 kmph, was considerably damaged in the cyclonic storm whose speed was recorded at about 180-190 kmph.
Widespread rains in Uttar Pradesh, induced by Hudhud cyclone, have so far claimed 14 lives and left 13 others injured.
Congress RS MP T Subbarami Reddy demanded that Hudhud cyclone be declared a "national calamity" and sought central assistance of Rs 2,000 crore for AP.
Three members of a family were killed and a girl was injured when their house collapsed in MP on Tuesday following heavy rains due to Hudhud, cops said.
So, what does Hudhud mean? The storm has been named after the national bird of Israel. The name was suggested by Oman. Hudhud is a colorful bird found across Afro-Eurasia.
As Hudhud approaches the Odisha-AP coast, Odisha government set a "zero casualty" target, making preparation on par with Cyclone Phailin last year.