The cyclonic storm "Kyarr" brought extremely heavy rainfall to coastal Maharashtra Saturday. The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Teg rescued 17 fishermen from a sinking fishing boat Vaishno Devi Mata off Mumbai High in a very severe cyclonic weather condition. District fisheries department officials on Friday said 1,411 boats had sailed, of which 1,378 had returned, while efforts were on to bring the rest 33 boats safely to shore.
The Mumbai centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said a deep depression in the Arabian Sea had intensified into cyclonic storm Kyarr.
It said Kyarr intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, and will later move towards the coast of Oman.
The IMD said on Saturday parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra are likely to receive light to moderate rain and thundershower over the next four days with cyclonic storm "Kyarr" hovering over the Arabian Sea.
The met department said the sea will become "rough to very rough" along and off the south Gujarat coast during the next 24 hours until Sunday afternoon.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) advised fishermen not to venture into south Gujarat coast for the period due to the prevailing sea condition.
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely along and off south Gujarat coast during the next twenty-four hours. Sea will be rough to very rough along and off south Gujarat coast during next 24 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into south Gujarat coast during the next 24 hours," the IMD bulletin said.
The met department said a few places in South Gujarat districts like Dangs, Tapi, Surat, Bharuch, Valsad and Navsari, and Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar and Junagadh in Saurashtra and Union Territory of Daman and Diu will receive "light to moderate rain/ thundershowers", mainly due to the impact of the cyclone, till Tuesday.
The met department further said "very severe cyclonic storm" "Kyarr" over east-central Arabian Sea moved west- north-westwards with a speed of 14 kmph.
At 11:30 am on Saturday, it lay centred about 350 kms west-southwest of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), 410 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 1690 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman).
"It is very likely to move west-north-westwards towards Oman coast during the next five days. It is very likely to intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours," according to the IMD.