New Delhi: An intense cyclonic storm Kyarr is brewing over the east Arabian Sea leading to heavy rains and rough sea conditions along the western coast in north Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.
The cyclone formed over the east-central Arabian Sea early on Friday and is likely to gain strength and become a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours while moving nearly northwards. It will intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours, according to the latest forecast.
“The cyclone will continue moving west-northwestwards towards Oman coast over the next five days, away from the Indian coast. But there would be heavy rains and squally winds lashing the coast, so fishermen need to be on alert," said Dr D S Pai, Head, climate research and services at Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune.
The cyclone currently lies centred over east-central Arabian Sea, about 210 km west-southwest of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), 370 km south southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 1870 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman).
According to the IMD, it may not make a landfall on the Indian coast, but there could be heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal districts of Karnataka, Goa and south Konkan and isolated heavy rainfall over north Konkan during next 24 hours.
Very rough conditions are expected over eastcentral Arabian Sea, especially along and off Maharashtra, Goa and north Karnataka coast and parts of south Gujarat coast during the next few days. Squally winds gusting to 75 kmph could lash areas near Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad districts of Maharashtra and Goa during the next 24 hours.
The weather department has warned fishermen not to venture into the east-central Arabian Sea till 29 October and into west-central Arabian Sea from 28th to 31st October.
“There could be some damage to kutcha houses or unsecured structures in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad districts of Maharashtra and Goa due to local flooding," said an IMD official.