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Are Tropical Cyclones Frequent Visitors To Mauritius?


Tropical Cyclones have always been a problem for the people of Mauritius during the months of November to May. In order for you to make sure your holiday is not ruined by a cyclone during this time, you should get travel insurance.

Do you realise that 14% of the total number of tropical cyclones in the world occur in the south-western Indian Ocean during the summer months?




Historical Tropical Cyclone Information for Mauritius from 1960-1981

Year Date of occurrence Name of cyclone Rainfall Facts
Millimetres (Inches)
1960
18th January
Alix
Not known
Not known
This was the first tropical cyclone to directly affect Mauritius in 1960. The centre (also known as the eye) passed within 30km of the west coast of Mauritius. The township of Pamplemousses recorded sustained winds above 64km/hr for thirteen hours and this caused major damage to both crops and housing.
1960
28th February
Carol
686
27
There was no place on Mauritius that could escape from Carol's fury since the eye of Carol covered the whole of Mauritius. The eye of Carol was about 35 miles (56 km) across and moved from north to south at 9 mph (15km/hr). Wind gusts exceeded 150mph (240km/hr) and the barometric pressure dropped to 942 millibars (mb). Massive flooding occurred.

1964
17th - 20th January
Danielle
470
18.5
Cyclone Danielle intensified rapidly as it moved slowly southwards on the 18th and 19th January. The lowest recorded central pressure was 975mb and at the time, wind gusts reached 220km/hr.
1966
5th - 7th January
Denise
240
9.5
Three people died due to the flash floods
1967
11th - 14th January
Gilberte
220
8.7
Extensive flooding
1970
23rd - 24th January
Hermine
130
5.1
Wind damage to sugar cane crops
1971
4th - 8th February
Helga
220
8.7
Extensive flooding
1972
6th - 8th February
Dolly
170
6.7
Caused moderate damage to shipping
1973
6th - 8th February
Lydie
200
7.8
Extensive flooding and damage to crops
1975
5th - 7th February
Gervaise
310
12.2
Massive flooding causing extensive damage to crops and housing. Nine fatalities.
1978
18th - 21st February
Fleur
120
4.7
None
1979
18th - 21st February
Claudette
190
7.5
None
1980
15th - 27th January
Hyacinthe
910
35.8
It reached its lowest central pressure (985mb) on the 27th January and then quickly moved poleward after this date. The maximum gusts reached only 126km/hr. Twenty five people died in the flooding as a result of Cyclone Hyacinthe.
1981
1st - 6th March
Johanne
160
6.3
Similar strength to TC Hyacinthe but it did not produce nearly as much rain.


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