Intense tropical cyclone Fantala continues to approach Agalega. It was about 275 km southeast of the island and was moving westward at a speed of 15 km / h at 4pm on Friday 15 April. “Fantala represents a potential threat to Agalega,” said the weather station of Vacoas.
Thus, as a precaution, 72 residents of the South Island were evacuated to the North Island on Thursday afternoon. The decision was taken following a meeting of the Disaster Committee. The General Manager of Outer Island Development Corporation, Soobee Norundgee says that all arrangements have been made. “We do not want to take any risks. Some people were reluctant but we explained that we do this for their safety. In the past, there have been floods during hurricanes,” he says.
According to the weather station of Vacoas, Fantala could come closer to about 150 km south of Agalega on Saturday morning. “There is a possibility that the trajectory changes, to the west-northwest, which would bring the center closer to the island,” says the weather station in a statement.
The sky will be cloudy with showers accompanied by thunderstorms overnight. The wind will strengthen in the evening to an average speed of 50 to 60 km / h with gusts of 100 to 110 km / h on Saturday morning.
In Mauritius, strong winds will remain until Sunday April 17th. This review also applies to Rodrigues and Agalega. The combined effect of Fantala from the north and the Mascarene anticyclone in the south are causing strong winds, says the weather station. The wind from the East-Southeast of 35 to 45 km / h will persist with gusts up to 80 90 km / h in exposed locations.
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