Tropical Cyclone Cilida to pass dangerously close to Mauritius in southern Indian Ocean

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 23, 2018, 3:16:20 AM EST

Cilida will track dangerously close to the island of Mauritius in the southern Indian Ocean this weekend.

As of Sunday afternoon, local time, Cilida had weakened with sustained winds of 157 km/h (97 mph). Winds of this speed are equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans.

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Seas will be dangerous for boaters across the southwestern Indian Ocean due to swells from Cilida and those propagating away from weakening Kenanga, which is churning to the east of Cilida.

Rough surf and rip currents will endanger swimmers along the eastern coast of Madagascar, and all coastlines of Réunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues through the weekend with the nearby cyclones.

The pounding seas may also flood some coastal communities.

Cilida is expected to continue its trend of slowly weakening through the weekend; however, it will remain a dangerous tropical cyclone during this time.

A southeast track will take the potent tropical cyclone between the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues through the day on Sunday.

Due to the cyclone tracking between the islands, both will miss out on the most destructive winds and dangerous flooding.

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These islands, as well as Réunion, would still be buffeted by the storm’s outer rainbands and gusty winds.

The heaviest rainbands may trigger localized flash flooding and mudslides in the higher terrain. Travelers may face delays.

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Residents and visitors on Mauritius are urged to closely monitor the storm's progress and heed the advice of local officials.

After threatening the islands, Cilida is anticipated to race away and weaken further early next week.

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