Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius (January 23, 2024)  

Location: Mauritius and Rodrigues

Event:  The Mauritius Meteorological Service has issued a cyclone warning Class 2 for Mauritius and Class 1 for Rodrigues for a potential tropical cyclone.

The Mauritius Meteorological Service has issued a warning for January 23, 2024 for a potential tropical cyclone.  The Government of Mauritius has issued a telework order for all public sector employees and may issue stay-at-home notices, so please continue to follow local laws and emergency measures to prepare for the cyclone. The Consular Section will be closed and all appointments have been cancelled. Staff will reach out to re-schedule appointments. Additional announcements will be made as necessary. While we will seek to inform Americans where possible, the U.S. Embassy will be limited in providing emergency services during the storm.

With heavy rains and possible flooding in Mauritius, the U.S. Embassy anticipates potential school closures and suspension of business operations, services, and transportation. Consult the Mauritius Meteorological Service website (http://metservice.intnet.mu/) for cyclone alert information and monitor local and international media for additional information.

More information on the latest on weather conditions is available from the National Weather Service (http://metservice.intnet.mu) or by phone by calling local number 171 (mobile)/8996 (fixed line). Continue monitoring local radio and other international and local media to stay aware of any weather developments in their area.

Actions to Take: 

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.

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