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Odisha: Cyclone ‘Titli’ turns severe cyclonic storm, likely to become ‘very severe’

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Bhubaneswar: The Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm today. It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next three hours.

The system is likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of 11th October.

Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Wind warning:

Gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph is very likely to commence along & off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from today afternoon.

It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph from 10th October night onwards along & off south Odisha & adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts and 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph along & off north Odisha and remaining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

Storm Surge Warning:

Storm surge of height of about 1.0 meter above astronomical tide is very likely inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda & Puri districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.

Damage Expected over districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts:

* Total destruction of thatched houses/extensive damage to kutcha houses. Some damage to pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects.

* Bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.

* Major damage to Kutcha and and Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes. Minor disruption of railway.

* Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down of bushy trees.

Rainfall Predictions:

October 10- Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall very likely to occur over districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore.

October 11- Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall very likely to occur over districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Kandhamal, Boudh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Balasore.

October 12- Heavy rainfall at isolated places likely to occur over Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.