Cyclone Gelena just skimmed the northern coast of the small island of Rodrigues but came close enough to wreak havoc on the region. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported from the storm but more than 100 people remain in evacuation centres. Widespread flooding hit the region, with fallen trees blocking roads and a major cleanup beginning.
Where is the storm now?
According to the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) the storm has moved away and weakened into a tropical cyclone.
At 4pm local time (12pm GMT), Gelena was 177 miles southeast of Rodrigues and tracking southeast at 15 mph.
The small island is now picking up the pieces as the storm moves away, leaving devastation in its wake.
Power was knocked out across 90 percent of the tiny island, with more than 40,000 residents affected.
There is expected to be some damage to homes and phone networks remain down.
Trees are strewn across streets and many areas are underwater following the storm’s track past the island.
At its peak, Gelena was packing maximum sustained winds of 109mph, the equivalent to a category 2 storm on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The storm is tracking away from the region now and will dissipate as it heads further over the ocean.
Heavy swells generated by Gelena are beginning to dissipate as the storm peters out.
MMS expects the weather to begin settling over the next 24 hours.
Temperatures will be around the 30C mark and while a few showers remain from the tail end of the cyclone, these won’t be widespread.
However, the seas will remain rough and authorities are urging caution.
The MMS said: “Seas will be rough with swells around three metres beyond the reefs.
“Ventures in the open sea as well as in the Eastern and Southern lagoons are not advised.”
The warning has now been rescinded but flights remain grounded until the final hazards have passed.
Plaine Corail airport is still shut to air traffic and has advised passengers it won’t reopen until authorities declare it safe to do so.