Cyclone 'Titli' intensifies into ‘severe cyclonic storm’, IMD issues 'extremely heavy rainfall' warning
The coastal states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh braced for heavy rains as Cyclone ‘Titli’ intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The cyclone is expected to make a landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh in the next 24 hours at a wind speed of 145 kmph, the IMD said.
“Titli moved with a speed of about 10 kmph and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal, about 370 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha,” the weather office said in a bulletin.
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Director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said that after the landfall, Cyclone ‘Titli’ was likely to curve northeastward and move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually, according to PTI.
The IMD has issued a warning of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” at several places and “extremely heavy rainfall” at some isolated areas till Thursday.
Several districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore, may witness “very heavy” rainfall accompanied by gusty winds.
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The IMD also warned fishermen along the Odisha coast and central and north Bay of Bengal against venturing into the sea till Friday. The Odisha government has issued high alert across all the districts and started shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places.