The Boston-based catastrophe modeling firm said the storm hit near Visakhapatnam with wind speeds of 117 knots, though it weakened to a depression after reaching land.
Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and the third biggest on India’s east coast, AIR Worldwide scientist Anna Trevino said in a statement.
That means that the storm, even in a weakened state, still did some serious damage affecting a large amount of people. AIR Worldwide said that the city now is dealing with blocked roads, restricted rail traffic and limited to no communication with or inside the city. As well, the city’s regional airport has suspended flights because of damage and also storm-destroyed radar and other navigational tools.
Individual districts in the city have sustained heavy damage to commercial buildings, with roofs and walls torn off of some residential homes. One district reported damage to 48,000 residential homes, and the destruction of hundreds of electric pools, AIR Worldwide said.
Heavy rains, strong winds and high waves are expected over the next 24 hours as the storm moves northwestward and continues to weaken, AIR Worldwide said.
Source: AIR Worldwide