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.
People in five coastal districts of Odisha have been asked to evacuate once the storm intensified. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
The chief secretary said so far, 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and eight teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been deployed in various coastal and interior districts. The district administration has predicted that cyclone Titli could damage roads, greenery, power supply and communication besides standing crops in Srikakulam and Odisha.
He said that District Collectors were authorised to take decisions on evacuated people - as to whether they stay in cyclone shelters or go home.
HR Biswas, the director of Bhubaneswar based Metereological Centre, said, "The process of landfall has started and it will completely cross the Odisha coast in one or two hours".
Trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and houses also damaged.
Meanwhile over the Arabian Sea, the other very severe cyclone, "Luban", lay centred over its West-Central Arabian Sea, about 560 km East-South-East of Salalah (Oman), 540 km East-North-East of Socotra Islands (Yemen) and 720 km East-South-East of Al-Ghaydah (Yemen).
India's eastern coast and Bangladesh are routinely hit by cyclonic storms.
Wind speeds of 80-100 kmph continued to pummel Gajapati district.
Storm surge of height of about 1 metre above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts, it said. Officials said it will be hard to assess the extent of losses before taking up enumerations.
Education officials in Orissa said schools and colleges across the state would be closed for the rest of the week.