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26 mars 2019 | 02h42 UTC

Mauritius: Cyclone Johaninha prompts closure of Rodrigues airport Mar. 26 /update 1

Mauritius Alerte de sécurité

Rodrigues airport (RRG) closes March 26 as Tropical Cyclone Johaninha moves through the area; further disruptions possible in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 25/3/2019, 12h00 until 27/3/2019, 11h59 (Indian/Mauritius). COUNTRY/REGION Mauritius, Rodrigues

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Authorities announced the closure of Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport (RRG), also known as Plaine Corail Airport, on Mauritius' eastern island of Rodrigues on Tuesday, March 26. Tropical Cyclone Johaninha is expected to pass over the island on Tuesday, producing 204 kph (127 mph) sustained winds and waves of up to 11 m (35 ft). Residual flight disruptions are expected in the coming days following the passage of the storm. Power outages, flooding, and other transportation disruptions, including road closures, are also possible in the coming hours and days.


Mauritius experiences an annual cyclone season from November through April, during which time tropical storms and torrential rain can result in significant material damage.


Individuals in or traveling to Rodrigues are advised to monitor local weather reports, postpone nonessential travel, and anticipate severe weather, power and telecommunication outages, and transportation disruptions (e.g. flight cancelations, road closures).


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