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Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Titli” about to slam into India, Red alerts issued

Blog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Titli” about to slam into India, Red alerts issued

Posted by TW on October 10, 2018.

Tropical Cyclone “Titli,” the 5th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean tropical cyclone season, has rapidly strengthened on October 10 and is now classified as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. The season has no official bounds, but cyclones tend to form between April and December, with the peak from May to November. Titli is bringing flooding rainfall and strong winds to eastern India and Bangladesh.

At 12:00 UTC (17:30 IST) on October 10, Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Titli” was located about 280 km (170 miles) south-southeast of Gopalpur, Odisha, and about 230 km (140 miles) southeast of Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, according to RSMC New Delhi.

Maximum 3-minute sustained wind speeds are about 150 km/h (90 mph) with gusts reaching 165 km/h (105 mph). Minimum central pressure is estimated at 970 hPa. The Dvorak T-number of the storm is T5.0.

The cyclone is moving north-northwestward at 15 km/h (9.2 mph).

Titli is very likely to intensify slightly further during the next 6 hours, RSMC New Delhi said.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts close to Gopalpur around the morning of October 11 (LT, UTC+5.5). Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

Wind warning

Gale wind speed reaching 140 – 150 km/h (87 –  93 mph), gusting to 165 km/h (102 mph) very likely over west central and adjoining north Bay of Bengal. Along and off south Odisha and adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts from tonight LT, October 10, 2018 to forenoon of October 11.

Squally wind speed reaching 80 – 90 km/h (50 – 56 mph) gusting to 100 km/h (62 mph) very likely along and off north Odisha and remaining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts during the same period.

Squally winds speed reaching 60 – 70 km/h (37 – 43 mph) gusting 80 km/h (50 mph) will very likely along and off West Bengal coast from tonight onwards.

Sea condition

The sea condition is phenomenal over west central and north Bay of Bengal and along and off south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts and very likely continue to remain so until the forenoon of October 11, 2018.

Storm surge warning

A storm surge of a height of about 1.0 m (3.3 feet)  above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh; Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.

Damage expected

Damage is expected over districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts of Odisha:

Total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses. Some damage to pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects.

Bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles. Breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees.

Major damage to Kutcha and and Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes. Minor disruption of railway.

Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down of bushy trees.

Action suggested

Total suspension of fishing operations.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into west central and north Bay of Bengal until October 11, 2018. Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised return to the coast immediately.

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