Tropical Cyclone Cilida is forecast to approach Mauritius on Saturday, December 22. As of Thursday evening, December 20 (local time), the storm was located near 13.8°S, 58.7°E, packing maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph) and moving southwestward at 13 km/h (8 mph). Cilida is forecast to make a southeasterly turn and intensify over the coming hours, reaching maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph) upon its approach east of the main island of Mauritius on Saturday morning. Heavy surf is to be expected around Mauritius over the coming days.
Heavy rain and damaging winds are also possible on the main island of Mauritius, particularly if the cyclone tracks further westward over the coming hours than previously forecast. Consequent transportation disruptions (e.g. flight disruptions and road closures) and power outages cannot be ruled out.
Mauritius experiences an annual cyclone season from November through April, during which time tropical storms and torrential rain can result in significant material damage.
All those present in Mauritius are advised to follow local forecasts, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is given; otherwise, remain indoors until authorities have indicated that the storm has passed. Distance yourself from natural bodies of water and be aware that hotels and airports may close in the event of a storm alert.
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