Cyclone Titli intensified into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday and is moving towards the coastal areas of Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh.
It is expected to make landfall early on Thursday morning with wind speeds gusting up to 165 kilometres per hour.
A red alert has been issued for coastal districts in Odisha.
Severe Cyclonic Storm #Titli over west-central Bay of Bengal
Red Alert issued for districts of north Andhra Pradesh & south Odisha coasts
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 10, 2018
The storm may weaken after taking a re-curve towards northeast, moving in the direction of Gangetic West Bengal.
Authorities in Odisha are bracing for the impact of Cyclone Titli and say that precautionary measures are in place. Schools, colleges, and anganwadis will remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
Heavy rains are predicted for Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Balasore and Kendrapara districts of Odisha. State disaster management officials said that floods were expected in several rivers.
Situation Under Review
Union Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan has reviewed the developing scenario of cyclone Titli and another cyclonic storm Luban by analysing all associated warnings issued by IMD, the weather department.
Cyclonic storm #Titli very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by noon.
Union Minister @drharshvardhan takes an urgent review; situation being monitored at highest level
➡️ https://t.co/qBSn268FVx pic.twitter.com/RgvXP0mTaT
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 10, 2018
The ministry has directed all senior officials to monitor the situation and take necessary precautions to ensure the minimal damage, the report stated.
Union Minister of Earth Sciences @drharshvardhan 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.
Details here: https://t.co/iW4kw89iFM
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 9, 2018
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has shared a video advising people how to deal with the situation.
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) October 10, 2018
Public appeals have also been issued not to panic.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) October 10, 2018
Cyclonic Storm Luban
Cyclonic storm Luban formed in the Arabian Sea, Northern Indian Ocean and threatens Oman.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the storm Luban moved away from the Indian coast and intensified into a severe cyclonic storm while heading towards South Oman and Yemen.
This is the first time in about 40 years that the India Meteorological Department is issuing simultaneous warnings for two cyclones in the North Indian Ocean – Title and Luban.
For the first time in the modern record (last 40 years) the India Meteorological Department is issuing simultaneous warnings for two cyclones in the North Indian Ocean – #Luban and #Titli pic.twitter.com/yCouGl5ekb
— Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) October 10, 2018
IMD has also warned fishermen against venturing out into the west central Arabian Sea and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea until October 12.
The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas of southeast Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours, east central Arabian Sea during next 24 hours, southwest Arabian Sea during next 48 hours and west central Arabian Sea from 8th to 12th October.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 8, 2018
The Union Territory, Lakshadweep may continue to receive rainfall, the department stated.
The rainfall activity is very likely to decrease over the southern peninsular from Tuesday. The northeast monsoon rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala as well as the adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is not likely to take place as assessed earlier.
– IMD Weather Report
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had issued a red alert for three districts on Saturday which was altered to an orange alert after a day. On Sunday evening, the Indian Coast Guard was on high alert.
It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 24 hours. It is also very likely to move west-northwestwards towards South Oman & Yemen Coasts during the next 5 days.
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 8, 2018
Kerala state disaster management along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) opened a special cell for coordination.
In the wake of predictions of heavy rains in the State, NDRF teams have been deployed in Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode districts. A request has been made for 10 more units. pic.twitter.com/S0fPwnHPXe
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 5, 2018
On Sunday evening, Indian Coast Guard was on high alert. It advised boats at sea to return to safety.
#CycloneTitli While Remote Operating Centres & Stations of #CoastGuard Eastern SeaBoard relay Weather Warning & Advisory to boats at sea to return harbour @IndiaCoastGuard ships at sea cautions & shepherds the fishing boats operating off Bay of Bengal to safety @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/Gb5cWUtcTr
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) October 9, 2018
Second Cyclonic Storm On Eastern Coast
In September, the cyclonic storm Daye had formed over northwest Bay of Bengal, crossing the coast near Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It was accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds in the region.
.@Indiametdept issues red Alert : #CycloneDAYE very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross south Odisha - north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam & Puri (#Odisha ), close to Gopalpur tonight.#CycloneAlert #DAYE pic.twitter.com/Cw5Ea3GAII
— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 20, 2018
The storm heading towards west-northwest weakened gradually. Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts experienced strong wind with speed reaching to 80 km/hour and the heavy rainfall.
The storm weakened into depression over Vidarbha In Mahrashtra.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) reported no loss but it had severely hit the Malkangiri district.