Not many in the scenic port city of Vizag or the fishing villages along the coast in the district remember the last time when a very severe cyclone was headed directly towards them.
In the forenoon of October 12, the cyclone Hudhud would make a landfall at or around Visakhapatnam with winds of up to 180 kmph and a storm surge of two metres.
It was on the same day last year that Cyclone Phailin made a landfall at Gopalpur – 285 kms North East of Visakhapatnam.
Visakhapatnam city and district and the four adjacent districts – Srikakulam, Vizianagam towards north and East and West Godavari districts to the south are on high alert and are bracing for Hudhud, which stopped shy of becoming a super cyclone.
The penultimate danger signal no. 10 is raised at the posts of Kalingapatnam, Bhimunipatnam, Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram.
It was the lull before the storm on Friday but Saturday was a picture of the danger looming large.