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24 Jan 2020 | 08:53 AM UTC

Mauritius: Weather officials issue Class II cyclone warning January 24

Weather officials issue Class II cyclone warning on January 24; heavy rain, strong wind, and associated disruptions expected in coming hours and days



At 16:00 (local time) on Friday, January 24, the Mauritius Meteorological Service (MMS) issued a Class II cyclone warning for a tropical depression, which may intensify into a moderate tropical storm on Friday evening.

As of 16:00 on Friday, the tropical depression is located at approximately 19.1°S 55.1°E and is moving southeast at 25 kph (15 mph). The MMS forecasts intermittent moderate to heavy rains, thunderstorms, and winds that may exceed 100 kph (62 mph) to begin affecting Mauritius by Friday evening. It also expects rough seas and advises against sea travel.

Associated flooding, landslides, transportation and business disruptions are anticipated, as well as disruptions to power and communication services, in the coming hours and days.  


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight status before setting out, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.