At present, the very severe Cyclone Titli is moving in north/northwest direction towards South Odisha Coast. Due to this, rains have already commenced over many districts of Gangetic West Bengal.
As this cyclone will move closer to the coast, intensity of rains will also keep on increasing. In fact, during the last 6 hours, Digha district in Gangetic West Bengal recorded heavy rain to the tune of 92 mm.
After making landfall over South Odisha Coast by morning of October 11, the cyclone will recurve in northeast direction and move towards Gangetic West Bengal.
Therefore, we expect heavy to extremely heavy rains to lash many parts of Gangetic West Bengal on October 11 and 12. Places such as South and North 24 Parganas, Kolkata, Contai, Diamond Harbour, Digha and all the nearby areas will be affected.
Other districts in West Bengal such as Midnapore, Bankura and Vardaman will receive good rains with comparatively less intensity.
Sea conditions will also remain rough to very rough. Wind speed will be strong around 60-70 kmph and in gust it may also reach up to 80 - 90 kmph.
By October 12, the cyclone is expected to degenerate into depression and gradually into a low-pressure area and will move in east direction towards Mizoram and Tripura. This will result in gradual reduction of rain intensity over Gangetic West Bengal.
Here are a few recommended precautions during Cyclone Titli in view of Durga Puja:
The pandals during the Durga Puja need special strengthening and reinforcement.
All the weak electric poles and loose wires should be repaired.
The decorations and lightening used for the Durga Puja must be insulated.
To avoid water logging, proper drainage near the Puja pandals should be organized.
Puja pandals must be places off the rivers, waterfalls and lakes.
Vehicles should move in slow speed during the time of Cyclone.
Proper preparations must be made in hospitals and power stations to deal with contingency.
NDRF should be on alert.
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