A cyclonic storm, Titli, is building in the Bay of Bengal and moving towards the Andhra, Odisha coast, the weather office warned on Tuesday. The Met office also issued a red alert for the coastal areas of Odisha
“Deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm Titli, is moving towards Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast,” the India Meteorological Department said in a statement.
The storm is likely to move towards Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of October 11, the weather office said.
In view of the warning, the weather office have advised fishermen not to venture into the specified sectors of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea during the next 3 to 5 days.
Odisha on Tuesday asked the collectors of five of its districts to remain on high alert with cyclone Titli expected to hit the eastern state from October 10 and trigger heavy rainfall and stormy winds.
Special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said collectors of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara have also been asked to make necessary arrangements to shift people living in low lying areas as there is a possibility of heavy rainfall from 8:30am on October 10 to October 11.
Sethi said fishermen along the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea. He said around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in rescue operation over a possible flood situation on October 10 and 11.
In another weather warning, the Joint Typhon Warning Centre of the United States said the potential of the development of ‘Titli’ into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours was very high.