A cyclone warning Class One is in force in Mauritius
First Cyclone Bulletin for Mauritius issued at 16h10 on Thursday 20 December 2018
Surface observations and satellite imagery indicate that 'CILIDA' has intensified into a tropical cyclone.
At 1600 hours, tropical cyclone 'CILIDA' was centered in latitude 13.1 degrees South and longitude 59.1 degrees East, that is at about 775 kilometers to the North North East of Mauritius.
It is moving in a south westerly direction at about 10 km/h while strengthening. However a change in the trajectory towards the south east is expected by tomorrow evening. On this new trajectory 'CILIDA' will approach our region and could pass between Mauritius and Rodrigues by mid-day on Sunday 23 December and causing a marked deterioration of weather on the island.
A cyclone warning class one is therefore in force in Mauritius
The public in Mauritius is advised to take preliminary precautions.
Active cloud bands associated with 'CILIDA' will influence the weather as from Friday evening causing passing showers which could be more frequent on Saturday.
Wind will blow from the East South East at 25 km/h with gusts reaching 60 km/h in exposed areas. It is expected that the wind will strengthen as from Saturday and gusts may reach 90 km/h on Sunday morning.
The open sea will become gradually rough as from tomorrow evening.