Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm , informed IMD ADG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Wednesday morning saying the cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 18 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.
According to the latest IMD bulletion, it is very likely to increase gradually becoming 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 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.
Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has asked collectors of affected districts to ensure that 836 numbers of multi purpose shelters are kept ready to accommodate maximum people and there should not be any hesitation to evacuate people in the risk zones.