Update 2018-01-17: The cyclone Berguitta is expected to make landfall overnight Thursday (17/18 January, local time) with wind speeds of up to 139 km/h and gusts of up to 167 km/h. This corresponds to a category 1 cyclone.
The Cyclone can cause minor damage to building structures; a storm tide of up to 1.5 meter above average is possible. Due to heavy rainfalls and rise of water level, coastal flooding is possible.
Update 17.01.2018: Der Zyklon Berguitta wird Vorhersagen zufolge in der Nacht zum Donnerstag (17./18.01., Ortszeit) mit Windgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 139 km/h und Böen von bis zu 167 km/h auf Land treffen und entspricht demnach der Kategorie 1.
Durch den Zyklon können geringe Schäden an Gebäuden entstehen; eine Sturmflut von bis zu 1,5 Metern über dem Durchschnitt ist möglich. Aufgrund der Regenfälle und des Anstiegs der Wasserpegel kann es vor allem entlang der Küste zu Überschwemmungen kommen.
Update 2018-01-16: According to current reports, the cyclone Berguitta has lost its strength and is expected to hit the island of Mauritius on Wednesday (17 January) with maximum sustained winds of about 176 km/h and wind gusts of about 213 km/h. This corresponds to a category 2 cyclone.
The Cyclone can cause uprooting of trees and damage roofing material. A storm tide of up to 2.5 meter above average is possible. Due to heavy rainfalls and rise of water level, coastal flooding and local inland flooding (and landslides) can be expected. Inhabitants of coastal regions and low-lying areas are advised to take shelter.
Update 2018-01-15: Tropical storm Berguitta has gained further strength and is forecast to hit Mauritius Island as cyclone on overnight Wednesday (16/17 January, local time). It is expected to bring maximum sustained winds of about 204 km/h and wind gusts of about 250 km/h.
2018-01-13: A tropical storm developed over the Indian Ocean, which is forecast to affect Rodriguez Island from Saturday (13 January). The tropical storm could then move towards Mauritius Island and could hit the island from Thursday (18 January), possibly with cyclone strength.
Heavy rainfalls are to be expected beforehand, which may cause floods, flash floods and landslides. Due to high winds, storm damage is possible in the areas directly affected by the tropical storm. Disruptions to air and ferry traffic are to be expected. Travellers are advised to exercise elevated caution near mountainsides and rivers.