Tropical Storm Fakir turns deadly after unleashing destructive winds, mudslides on La Reunion
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 26, 2018, 9:46:40 AM EDT
Share this article:
Tropical Storm Fakir has caused at least two deaths after it unleashed a direct hit on La Reunion on Tuesday.
The island nation of Mauritius also took a direct hit, but there have been no reports of fatalities at this time.
A tropical low northeast of Madagascar quickly intensified into Tropical Storm Fakir late on Monday. Traveling through a zone of favorable conditions, the storm spiked to a severe tropical cyclone before hitting La Reunion head on.
Wind gusts of 112 km/h (70 mph) were reported in Saint Pierre, on the southern end of La Reunion Island on Tuesday morning. These wind speeds are equivalent to that of a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific Ocean basins.
These powerful winds toppled trees and power lines and caused low visibility in wind-whipped rain.
"Fakir dumped nearly 390 mm (15 inches) of rain across parts of Reunion Island," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.
This rainfall caused massive flooding and impassible roads in some places.
Mudslides were also reported, which ultimately killed two people, Annick Girardin, the French Minister of Overseas, said on Twitter.
As the week progresses, conditions will continue to improve across the islands.
Another tropical low, well south of Sri Lanka, is currently showing the potential for tropical development in the next few days.
AccuWeather meteorologists will continue to monitor for tropical cyclones across the Indian Ocean and all other basins.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 4:05:04 PM EST
A major winter storm is gathering strength over the eastern United States, spreading disruptive snow, ice and rain across the region.
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 12:00:56 PM EST
While there are no organized tropical systems roaming the western Pacific Ocean, two separate concerns may brew in the coming days and impact southern Vietnam and the Philippines.
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 2:54:02 PM EST
Snow and slippery travel will plunge southward with cold air across the Rockies and High Plains spanning Friday and Saturday.
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 10:38:13 AM EST
Firefighters battling several deadly and destructive blazes across California may finally receive some relief from Mother Nature next week in what may become one of the most costly weather and climate disasters in United States history.
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 10:54:30 AM EST
The Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, has destroyed hundreds of homes, put hundreds of lives at risk and separated pets from their owners.
Weather News - November 15, 2018, 3:11:45 PM EST
One of two potent storms descending on the Middle East triggered severe flooding in Kuwait City Wednesday through Thursday.
More people are choosing to have a vegan Thanksgiving meal for their health, the animals and the environment but that doesn’t mean you have miss out on any of your favorite traditional foods.