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Class III : Intense Tropical Cyclone Batsirai Has Temporarily Slowed Down

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Eleventh cyclone bulletin for Mauritius issued at 0710 hours on Wednesday 02 February 2022

During the last three hours intense tropical cyclone Batsirai has temporarily slowed down.  Active cloud bands associated with intense tropical cyclone Batsirai continue to influence weather over the the island with widespread  rain.

Highest gusts recorded so far were a follows:

  • Domaine des Pailles: 119 km/h
  • Port Louis: 108 km/h
  • Riviere Noire: 108 km/h
  • Grand Bassin: 108 km/h
  • Le Morne:115 Km/h
  • Nouvelle Decouverte: 97 km/h
  • Vacoas: 91 km/h

Highest rainfall recorded over the past 24 hours until 04h00 were as follows:

  • Nouvelle Decouverte: 105 mm
  • Vacoas: 107 mm
  • Mare aux vacoas: 131mm
  • Mon Bois: 113 mm
  • Grand Bassin: 139 mm

At 0700 hours, intense tropical cyclone Batsirai was centred at about  190 km almost north of Mauritius in latitude 18.2 degrees South and longitude 58.0 degrees East. It is moving towards the southwest at about 18 km/h over the past 24 hours.

Intense tropical cyclone Batsirai constitutes a direct threat to the island as on this track the centre is expected to come close to Mauritius. In this case, it may pass at its closest distance at about 120 km to the north of  Grand Baie by midday and as such, the risk of having cyclonic conditions over the island still exist.

A cyclone warning class III is in force in Mauritius

The public in Mauritius is advised to complete all precautions.
The weather will be  cloudy to overcast with widespread moderate intermittent rain, heavy and thundery at times.

Wind will blow from the south-east at a speed of about 60 km/h with gusts of the order of 110 km/h strenghtening further with gusts  likely to exceed 120 km/h.

The sea will be phenomenal with swells of 10 metres. As Intense tropical cyclone Batsirai approaches Mauritius, there is a risk of storm surge along the coast causing inundation of low lying areas at high tide times, between 13.30 and 15.30 hours. The public is advised not to venture at sea and even avoid  those beaches.

The next bulletin will be issued at around 1010 hours this morning.

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