Cyclone Hudhud hammers India's eastern seaboard, at least two dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday (October 12) with gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least two men despite a major evacuation effort. The port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, was hammered as the cyclone made landfall. Fallen trees and wreckage were strewn across the streets of Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. Most people heeded warnings to take refuge, but two men who ventured out were killed - one by a falling tree, the other when a wall collapsed. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a storm surge of 1-2 metres above high tide that could result in flooding of low-lying coastal areas around Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) run by the United Nations and the European Commission, forecast even higher peak wind speeds of 212 km/h. That would make Hudhud a Category 4 storm capable of inflicting "catastrophic" damage. Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal are common at this time of year, often causing deaths, mass evacuations of coastal villages, power and telecoms disruptions and widespread damage to crops and property in eastern India and Bangladesh.