A low pressure area is developing over the Arabian Sea which is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm Kyarr said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its weather bulletin on Thursday evening.

The depression is likely to intensify in the next 24 hours and subsequently into severe cyclonic storm along the coasts of Goa and Karnataka. The path that will be taken by the Kyarr storm was predicted to be in the west-northwest direction towards coasts of Oman.

“Deep depression over Arabian Sea intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Kyarr’ at 8.30 hrs IST of October 25. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards Oman coast during next five days with gradual intensification,” wrote IMD on Twitter.

On account of this low pressure developing over the Arabian Sea, the neighboring states of Goa and Karnataka are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall especially over the coastal districts.

Strong winds with a speed of 60 KMPH are likely to hover around the Malwan and the Konkan coasts.

District authorities have issued advisories to the fishermen asking them not to venture into the high seas. People living in the low lying areas were alerted. 

On Thursday, a Red alert was issued in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka as it witnessed heavy rains and as the possibility of an intensified cyclonic storm Kyarr looms large along the coast.              

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