Titli Cyclone intensifies in a very violent cyclonic storm, it is expected to reach the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast in less than 24 hours.
The meteorological office said the Titli cyclone will likely hit the Gopalpur areas of Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early Thursday at a wind speed of up to 165 km / h. According to Odisha general secretary AP Padhi, the hurricane is expected to land in southern Odisha around 5:30 am on Thursday.
“Titli moved at a speed of about 14 km / h and intensified to form a very intense cyclonic storm, centered on the Bay of Bengal, in the center-west, about 320 km from south to south, from Gopalpur to Odisha” said IMD in a newsletter.
The Joint Warning Center of the US Navy Typhoon also said that the hurricane was consolidating rapidly and signs of a nascent eye were beginning to form.
According to the IMD, Titli cyclone intensified again on Wednesday at 11:30 am in a very violent cyclonic storm that could cause waves up to 1 meter on the coast. Under its impact, heavy rains have already begun in the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Balasore and Kendrapara.
HR Biswas, director of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Center, said he is likely to tip to the northeast, go to Gangetic West Bengal in Odisha and gradually weaken, according to the PTI news agency.
The Calcutta Regional Meteorological Department also warned of severe thunderstorms and gusty winds in six districts of southern Bengal over the next four days, triggered by a cyclonic storm, although a brief rain had interrupted the storms. Durga Puja preparations in the state, as planned IANS.
The IMD also predicted that the cyclonic wind would wipe out most of the districts of Andhra Pradesh, such as Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam and Odisha of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Kendrapara.
He advised the fishermen to suspend their operations and said that the residents of the coastal barracks should move to safe places. Fishermen from the coast of Odisha and from the center and north of the Bay of Bengal were advised not to venture out to sea until Friday.
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Given the bad weather conditions, it was recommended to raise the local warning signal LW-4 in all Odisha ports.
The Odisha government has also been warned of possible flooding due to heavy rains in the state. It has already launched a maximum alert in all districts, especially those in the coastal region, to face the subsequent situation and prepare to face the situation by establishing the objective of “zero victims”.
The chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, convened a meeting of high-level leaders in the afternoon to review the preparation for the Titli cyclone.
Special rescue commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said that the collectors in 17 of the 30 districts of Odisha had been put on red alert, the highest level of emergency preparedness, due to the possibility of heavy rains in the area. Impact of Hurricane Titli since Thursday.
These districts are Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Budh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Khurda, Nayagarh, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada.
To evacuate the inhabitants of the coast, as well as the districts located in the passage of the cyclone, 836 cyclones of multiple uses and shelters against floods were kept ready to receive a maximum of people.
Six teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 11 from the Orissa Disaster Action Force (ODRAF) have also positioned themselves in various locations for rescue operations. The navy and the air force were put on alert. More than 300 vessels remained ready to face possible flooding in different districts.
Secretary-General Padhi said that all schools in the four districts in the direct Titli cyclone course will be closed for two days starting on Wednesday. “Based on the impact of the hurricane, we will decide to close schools in other districts,” he said.
SN Patro, Minister of State for Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection, asked the population not to be frightened, because citizens not only bought additional supplies, but also queued up with bombs. Fuel to refuel, informed PTI.
The minister also said that he had asked all district collectors to keep an eye on the market because some of the merchants were trying to accumulate essential items.
At the same time, the railways announced that, given the approach of the Titli cyclone, Hyderabad / Visakhapatnam trains would no longer be allowed from Duvavada after 6.30 pm and that train movements would not be allowed. The passengers would take place between 10 pm and the Khurda road.
The Howrah / Kharagpur trains will no longer be allowed from Bhadrak after 5:15 p.m.
Sand art sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik installed an art installation in Titli, on Puri Beach, with the words “Do not be afraid, have courage”.
This is the second cyclonic storm that formed in the Bay of Bengal and hit the east coast this year. The first, Day, hit Odisha and north of Andhra Pradesh last month.
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