Landfall Process For Very Severe Cyclone ‘Titli’ Starts At Odisha’s Gopalpur

2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India

Officials in Odisha evacuated more than 300,000 people, suspended operations at the port of Paradip and cancelled many trains and flights on Wednesday. Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara are the district where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked officials to evacuate people from low-lying areas to safer places.

"We have not yet sought help of Army".

The coastal alert has been put at 10 - the highest with fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea for the next few days.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi announced that all schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday.

The IMD said while wind speeds would reach 100kmph along Odisha's south coast, it would remain within 75 kmph in the north.

Seven deaths were reported in Srikakulam as huts and houses collapsed and trees came crashing down.

Several hundreds acres of crop were destroyed across Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Titli made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on Thursday.

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Again, areas of high ground are expected to be most affected with the potential for a further 50-80 mm of rain quite widely. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills.

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It is expected to move towards the plains of Bengal and weaken gradually. "However, the landfall process will continue for next two to three hours as wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone is yet to enter completely into the land", P Mahapatra, Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of India Meteorology Department (IMD), said while speaking to the Hindustan Times. The Met department warned of heavy to very heavy rain in several districts of Gangetic West Bengal till Saturday morning and heavy rain for another day thereafter.

A severe cyclonic storm packing winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains had hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Thursday, killing eight people in Andhra Pradesh and one in Odisha.

The sea condition is very high over west-central Bay of Bengal.

As it hit the coast, the sustained winds were 165 kilometres per hour, meaning the system would have been classed as a category 2 hurricane if it were rated on the 5-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

"Some destruction was reported from Ganjam and Gajapati districts", Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.

Around 300 motor boats have been arranged to assist in rescue operation as there is a likelihood of flood situation due to possibility of heavy rains till October 11.

In all, eight districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore - have been affected by "very severe cyclone Titli", he said.

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