Updated: 2/11/2019 10:45:24 AM
Gelena brought wind speeds of up to 185 km/h and heavy rain, leaving 90% of the island's 41 669 inhabitants without power. 142 people have been evacuated to refuge centers but there are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries. The main damage left by the storm are downed trees, broken electricity cables and blocked roads.
Updated: 2/8/2019 7:20:07 AM
Storm Gelena is strengthening off the coast of Madagascar just two days after a pair of cyclones formed over the Indian Ocean near the tropical island of Mauritius. The churning front of low pressure, rain and lashing winds developed an “intermittent eye” on Thursday, February 7. Weather forecasters warned significant parts of the cyclone will bring thunderstorms along the northern tip of Madagascar. Sustained cyclone winds were observed at 80 knots or 92mph but forecasters warn these can increase up to 150mph over the weekend. A Class One cyclone warning is now in effect across the island nation of Mauritius. The Mauritius Meteorological Services said on Friday morning, February 8: “Heavy swells from the north of the order of 3-4 meters will start to influence the sea around Mauritius as from today amplifying further to reach 5-6 meters tonight. “Tidal surges are expected to break on the reefs causing temporary inundation of low lying areas over the western and northern coast at high tide times. “It is strongly advised for fishermen, boaters and the public not to go out at sea and not to venture on the beaches to the north and the west.”
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Moderate Tropical Storm Gelena has formed and is located 575 miles north-northwest of Mauritius.
It is moving slowly to the west-southwest, but is also expected to turn more to the south and then southeast over the next couple of days, taking it east of Mauritius but potentially close to Rodrigues.
Conditions will also be favorable for strengthening of this system over the next few days.
Storm Gelena Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green