The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Odisha Tuesday as a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal had intensified into a cyclonic storm, Titli, and was moving towards the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast. “Titli is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards from tonight and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around Thursday,” PTI quoted director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas, as saying.
The IMD bulletin said while wind speeds would reach 100 kmph along south Odisha coast, it would remain within 75 kmph in the north. Titli is centered at about 530 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 480 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has issued an alert to all coastal districts and collectors have been asked to make necessary arrangements to shift people living in low-lying areas
Union Minister of Earth Sciences , Dr. Harsh Vardhan has taken an urgent review of the developing scenario of cyclonic storm ‘TITLI’ over the Bay of Bengal and another cyclonic storm ‘LUBAN’ over the Arabian sea.
Cyclone Titli is expected to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and cross east coast of India between Kalingapatnam (north Andhra Pradesh) and Gopalpur (south Odisha) in the morning of 11th October. Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off along north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal coast from tonight. The windds are likely to increase to 100-100 kmph gusting to 125 kmph from today evening.
The India Meteorological Department predicted heavy to very heavy rain at few places in Odisha and ‘extremely heavy’ at isolated places over Odisha for today. Along with Odisha, IMD further predicted heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal & north Coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy rain at isolated places over Mizoram & Tripura. Squally wind speed reaching 8090 kmph gusting to 100 kmph very likely along & off south Odisha and adjoining coastal areas of north Andhra Pradesh and 5565 kmph gusting to 75 kmph along & off north Odisha, West Bengal coasts.
‘Very rough to very high sea condition are likely to prevail over above mentioned areas. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas,’ stated IMD.
Rainfall is predicted in North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, Nadia and Murshidabad. The Odisha government has also issued a storm surge warning, stating that low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts of Odisha and Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh may be inundated during the time of Titli’s landfall.
Fishermen along the coast and central and north Bay of Bengal have been advised not to venture into sea till Friday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in south coastal Odisha’s Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday. Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore are expected to receive very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, the IMD said.
Around 300 boats have been arranged ahead of the storm for assistance in the rescue operation and all 879 cyclone and flood shelters have been kept on standby.