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Titli to make landfall in Odisha today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said cyclone Titli, that originated in the Bay of Bengal, became a “very severe cyclonic storm” on Wednesday and was likely to make landfall, gusting at about 145-165 kmph in Odisha, on Thursday.

“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam around the morning of 11th October. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually,” said a statement by the Met Department. An IMD scientist said that 20-30% of tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal were recurving: instead of following a regular course of moving northwards and westwards toward the north pole, they took a turn eastwards. Cyclone Ockhi that devastated the Kerala and Tamil Nadu coasts last year was a re-curving one.

“This will recurve after landfall and so it’s different from Ockhi,” said M. Mohapatra, senior forecaster, IMD, Delhi.