About 100,000 evacuated as cyclone Hudhud bears down on east coast

October 11, 2014 11:34 AM

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PUDIMADAKA India (Reuters) - At least 100,000 people were evacuated on India's eastern seaboard on Saturday as cyclone Hudhud bore down, threatening to devastate farmland and fishing villages when it hits the coast on Sunday morning.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) rated Hudhud as a "very severe cyclonic storm" that could pack gusts of up to 165 km/h (over 100 mph) and dump more than 24.5 cm (10 inches) of rain in some places when it makes landfall.

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