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Odisha On Red Alert As Cyclone 'Titli' Intensifies Into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm

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| October 10 , 2018 , 14:11 IST

Cyclone 'Titli' is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and will cross Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam on October 11 morning, the Indian metrological department announced on Wednesday.

“The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over west-central Bay of Bengal moved northwards with a speed of about 14 kmph during past 06 hours, and lay cantered at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 10th October 2018 over West-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.5°N and longitude 85.8°E, about 320 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 270 km southeast of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh),” IMD said in a statement.

Alerting the regions, IMD issued a press release in which it has said that on October 10 and 11, heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur and will resist till October 12 at isolated places over north Odisha.

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"The Gale wind is also likely to increase gradually becoming 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph from today, the 10th October 2018 night onwards along & off south Odisha and 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," the statement reads.

Suggesting the actions to be taken as precautionary measures, IMD has suspended fishing operations and advised fisherman not to venture into west-central and North Bay of Bengal till 11th October 2018.

"Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised return to the coast immediately, Evacuation from coastal areas need to be mobilised, People advised to remain indoors and Judicious regulation of rail and road traffic needed," IMD said.