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North coastal AP on high alert for cyclonic storm 'Titli'

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

A high alert was sounded Wednesday in north coastal districts of as the "very severe" cyclonic storm Titli is expected to cross the coast Thursday, packing winds speeding up to 165 kmph and likely causing heavy rains and destruction, officials said.

Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea as gale speed winds are expected under the impact of the cyclonic storm, the here said.

"The very severe cyclonic storm will continue till 11.30 am on October 11 and the wind intensity is going to be 140-150 kmph, gusting to 165 kmph. The storm will cross near of north Pradesh," the SDMA said.

Widespread damage to properties was a possibility, it warned, adding a storm surge about one metre higher than astronomical tide was likely to inundate low-lying areas in district.

A team of the (NDRF) was positioned in district, while three more were kept on standby in Visakhapatnam.

An SDRF team was stationed in district and one each was on standby in Visakhapatnam and districts, officials said.

A South Central Railway release said Secunderabad- Howrah Falaknuma Express has been diverted to run via Kazipet, Balharshah, Nagpur, Bilaspur, and

The has set up a at its Emergency Operations Centre to assist people in distress, while control rooms have been opened in the three north coastal districts.

"We have put the respective district authorities on high alert. Advisories have also been issued to people to stay safe and remain mostly indoors in view of the very severe cyclonic storm. Necessary precautionary measures are being taken," M Seshagiri Babu said.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 19:20 IST