Updated: 12/24/2018 6:58:47 AM
Cilida will cross between Mauritius and Rodrigues around noon on Sunday 23 December. (…) It is expected that the wind will strengthen from this Saturday with gusts of around 90 km/h on Sunday morning. In Reunion Island, CILIDA has become even stronger. It has now reached the stage of an intense cyclone. It continues to move closer to the island. The system generates winds gusting to 240 km/h.
Updated: 12/21/2018 3:19:58 AM
Cilida and Kenanga are both Category 2 hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, and both have maximum sustained winds near 90 knots (103.6 mph/166.7 kph) on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC). Strongest storms appeared northwest of the eye.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2018
On Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. EST (15.00 UTC), the center of Tropical Cyclone Cilida was located near latitude 11.6 degrees south and longitude 60.6 degrees east. That's about 544 nautical miles north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Cilida is moving to the south-southwest. Maximum sustained winds were near 65 kph.
Threatened landmasses include St. Brandon, Mauritius, and Rodrigues Island as Cilida is forecast to move southwest, and later southeast as it strengthens to 175 kph after 4 days.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Cilida to pass to the east of Mauritius on Dec. 22.
Cyclone Cilida Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Yellow