Hyderabad: Cyclone Titli that made a landfall early on Thursday was named by Pakistan. India and Pakistan who are part of the eight-country contingent, have been giving female names to cyclonic storms developed over the Indian Ocean.
The two had previously picked Niloufer and Lyla apart from others. The word ‘Titli’ means Butterfly and holds no significance to the nature of the cyclone, one of the severest recorded in recent times.
The very severe cyclonic storm Titli developed over the west-central Bay of Bengal and moved north-westwards with a speed of about 17 kmph during the last 6 hours. It crossed North Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (near Palasa, Srikakulam district) to the southwest of Gopalpur , as a very severe cyclonic storm with estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph between 4. 30 to 5. 30 am on October 11.