Mauritius: Mascot – Potential Cyclone Impacting Mauritius Monday evening, Jan 15

Location:  Mauritius and Reunion (Fr)

Event:

Multiple weather models are pointing to inclement weather over this coming long weekend.  A cyclone is active in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, and is becoming increasingly likely to affect Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Réunion by Monday and Tuesday next week, with hurricane conditions possible as well as flash flooding concerns.  With heavy rains and possible flooding, we anticipate school closures and suspension of business operations, services, and transportation.  While we will seek to inform Americans as necessary, the U.S. Embassy will be limited in providing emergency services during the storm.

Vigilance is urged in areas affected by the cyclone.  Stay abreast of the latest bulletin from the Mauritius Meteorological Service by calling the local number 171 (mobile) or 8996 (fixed line) or monitoring local radio, the National Weather Service, and local media to stay aware of any weather developments in their area.

Actions to Take:

Consult the Mauritius Meteorological Service website or the France Meteorological Service – Reunion website (French) for the most up-to-date information.  Please continue to monitor national and international media for information as well.  The Government of Mauritius and France may issue stay-at-home notices, so please continue to follow local laws and emergency measures enforced to prepare for the cyclone.

During the Storm:

  • Avoid travel until the storm has dissipated;
  • Monitor the local news for updates;
  • Seek secure shelter;
  • Do not go outside, flying debris is lethal;
  • Do not watch the storm from beaches as storm surge, rip tides and rogue waves are hazardous;
  • Stay off your home/cell phone and radio. Keep all means of communication available for an emergency.

After the storm:

  • Do not leave your shelter until the all-clear signals have been given by relevant authorities;
  • Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings and trees and flooded water courses;
  • Do not consume fallen fruits;
  • Boil water for drinking purposes;
  • Drain out stagnant water to prevent proliferation of mosquitoes.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Avenue

Telephone: +230 202 4400

Email: PTLConsular@state.gov

Website: https://mu.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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