Oct. 11, 2018 – NASA Catches Tropical Cyclone Titli Headed for Landfall in India
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC issued the final warning on Tropical Cyclone Titli after it made landfall on the northeastern coast of India late on Oct. 10. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the large storm before landfall.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite analyzed Tropical Cyclone Titli in visible light early on Oct. 10 when its eye was over the Bay of Bengal, Northern Indian Ocean. Titli stretched from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh northeast into West Bengal. Before and after landfall, animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery showed strong thunderstorms surrounding a defined eye.
On Oct. 10 at 11 p.m. EDT (Oct. 11 at 0300 UTC) Tropical Cyclone Titli had maximum sustained winds near 90 knots (103 mph/166 kph). It was centered near 9.1 degrees north latitude and 84.4 degrees east longitude, approximately 312 nautical miles southwest of Calcutta, India. Titli tracked west-northwestward.
Titli came ashore near Palasa in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, and Kendra. The storm has taken 7 lives. Strong winds battered many parts of the state of Andhra Pradesh and neighboring Odisha.
By October 13, JTWC expect Titli to dissipate over land.
Oct. 10, 2018 – Satellite Sees Tropical Cyclone Titli Nearing Landfall in Northeastern India
Tropical Cyclone Titli formed late on Oct. 9 and continued to strengthen as it moved through the Northern Indian Ocean toward the Indian continent. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm.
Suomi NPP passed over Titli on Oct. 10 at 3:42 a.m. EDT (0742 UTC) and the VIIRS instrument provided a visible image. The VIIRS image showed Titli had quickly strengthened and developed an eye surrounded by powerful storms. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC noted, “Satellite imagery shows the system continued to rapidly intensify as it maintained an 18 nautical mile wide ragged eye and expansive rain bands that wrapped tighter into the center.
At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Tropical Cyclone Title was located near 17.9 degrees north latitude and 85.3 degrees east longitude. That’s about 114 nautical miles Visakhapatnam, India. Titli is moving to the north-northwest and has maximum sustained winds near 90 knots
JTWC forecasters expect that Titli will make landfall over the northeastern coast of India northeast of Visakhapatnam by the end of the day on Oct. 10. By mid-day on Oct. 11 (Eastern Daylight Time) the system is expected to recurve northeastward over land.