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Cyclone Kyarr, the first Super Cyclonic storm in Arabian Sea in last 12 years, is now moving west-northwestwards towards Oman coast, according to to India Meteorological Department (IMD). "At present, the system lays centered near latitude 17.0°N and longitude 68.2°E over east-central Arabia Sea, about 540 km West­-southwest of Mumbai and 1500 km east of Salalah (Oman)," said Skymet Weather.

According to the IMD forecast, it is likely to continue its movement west-northwestwards towards Oman coast during the next five days. The cyclone is likely to maintain the intensity of a Super Cyclonic storm till today. "It will weaken gradually after October 28," said IMD.

The cyclone rapidly intensified Saturday onwards. "Very severe cyclone Kyarr has further intensified into the Super Cyclone," said IMD Goa official Rahul M.

World Cyclone Warning Center has stated that the super cyclone Kyarr has continued to rapidly intensify and has now become only the second Category 5 on record in the Arabian Sea.

Heavy Rainfall to very heavy rainfall very likely in Kerala and Karnataka over the next few days. "On October 31, the isolated places over Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and Shivamogga districts of south interior Karnataka may receive heavy rainfall," said the weather forecasting agency.

IMD has also predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and Lakshadweep.

Indian Coast Guard has rescued 19 fishermen and escorted more than 2100 fishing boats to safety at various ports in the west coast in the wake of Cyclone Kyarr. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till Tuesday.

(With agency inputs)

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