Updated: 3/27/2019 10:10:57 AM
The island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean has been battered by Tropical Cyclone Joaninha. Winds in Port Mathurin, on the north coast, gusted over 100km/h for over 33 hours. The highest recorded gust was 161km/h.
Joaninha is the second major cyclone to graze the island this year. In February, Gelena, a cyclone of a similar size and strength, passed close to the island and destroyed 90 percent of the electric grid on the island.
Published Sunday, March 24, 2019
A Class II cyclone warning has been in effect in Rodrigues since 4:10 am this Sunday, March 24. Joaninha intensified in a tropical cyclone during the evening of yesterday. This is indicated by the fourth cyclone report issued by the Vacoas weather station.
The public in Rodrigues is requested to take all necessary precautions. Active clouds associated with the cyclone will influence the weather on the island with moderate to heavy showers during the day with thunderstorms. Outings at sea are also discouraged.
It is expected that the cyclone will move slowly south and curl to the southeast in the evening. On this new trajectory, the cyclone represents a serious threat for Rodrigues.
At four o'clock this morning, Joaninha was 370 km north-northeast of the island.
The tropical cyclone remained almost stationary last night. The center pressure is estimated at about 970 hectoPascals and gusts near the center are in the order of 170 km / h.
The hurricane will intensify further during the day.
Cyclone Joaninha Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Yellow