Guwahati, October 12: Satellite images today revealed that cyclone Titli, that has wreaked havoc in southeast India with at least eight deaths in Andhra Pradesh and serious damages in Odisha is travelling towards the northeast.
However, according to the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), the cyclone will not reach northeast and take an eastward “curve” from Odisha into the Bay of Bengal.
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operated weather satellite Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership or Suomi NPP, that passed over Titli on October 10 at around 1 am had taken images showing Cyclone Titli had quickly strengthened and developed an eye surrounded by powerful storms since its inception on October 9 at Andhra Pradesh.
The satellite images were released by The United State’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Centre.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) that noted “Satellite imagery shows a continued to rapidly intensify as it maintained an 18 nautical mile wide ragged eye and expansive rain bands that wrapped tighter into the centre.
However, a wide eye of the cyclone indicates chances of the cyclone losing intensity as it moves upward.
According to the JTWC study on behaviours of cyclones, a widening eye of the storm often indicate loosing of intensity.
“It is very likely to move for next 12 hours northeastwards and then re-curve eastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha. It is very likely to weaken gradually becoming Severe Cyclonic Storm around noon, Cyclonic storm around evening and deep depression by midnight of today. By tomorrow, the cyclone will deep into the Bay of Bengal. However, certain regions of the northeast will face moderate to heavy rainfall,” RMC director Sanjay O’neil Shaw told TIME8
In a forecast for the next five days, even though there is no rainfall warning in the Durga Puja days — October 15 to 19 –, several locations in the northeast is expected to receive rain till October 13.