The India Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Kyarr is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. The speed of gale wind reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph is prevailing around the system centre over the East-central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to reach 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph on Saturday, the All India Radio reported.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places is forecast over coastal districts of Karnataka, Goa and south Konkan and isolated heavy rainfall over north Konkan during the next 12 hours, the report said.
IMD has predicted that the cyclonic storm will move towards the coast of Oman.
The Goa government has issued a red alert as Cyclone Kyarr in the Arabian Sea has triggered heavy rains and strong winds. Goa University cancelled all exams scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
An alarm has also been sounded in Udupi, Dakshin and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka. These districts are likely to receive heavy rainfall during in the next 24 hours.
The effects of cyclone Kyarr passing along the coast of Karnataka were felt in Dakshina Kannada district, with the entire region experiencing heavy rains throughout Thursday night and intermittent rains on Friday.
Several trees were uprooted in gusty winds that lashed the area, damaging houses in many places.
The IMD on Friday had predicted huge waves between three metres to 3.3 metres for the next 24 to 36 hours along the coast from Mangaluru, Malpe and Karwar. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the rough sea for the next two days.
IMD said that the cyclonic storm Kyarr is likely to bring very heavy to extremely heavy rains in coastal districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra in the next 12 hours and also cause strong winds.
An alarm, indicating ‘extremely heavy rainfall’, has been issued for Sindhudurg district. Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad districts of Maharashtra as well as Goa, the All India Radio reported.
The National Disaster Management Agency has released a list things to do and not do before, during and after the cyclone. You can refer to it below.
(With PTI inputs)