On Saturday, the tropical cyclone passed by the island of Rodrigues, churning with hurricane-force winds and causing a powerful storm surge. More than 100 people remain in evacuation centres, and widespread flooding has affected the area. A staggering 90 percent of the island experienced power outages and phone networks remain offline.
There have been no fatalities or injuries reported but with trees blocking roads and flooding devastating the island a huge clean-up mission is underway.
There is expected to be some damage to homes, after winds of 109mph smashed into the island.
The category two cyclone caused significant rainfall and tropical storm winds, but now the cyclone has significantly weakened on its track away from the island.
According to the latest update from Mauritius Meteorological Services (MME) at 1.00pm local time (9.00am GMT) the cyclone is currently 434miles (700km) southeast of Mauritius, 118miles (190km) southeast of Rodrigues and 472 miles (760km) southeast of St Brandon.
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The weather system is tracking southeast at a rate of 15mph (25 km/h).
Advisories for all islands have been lifted, and the MMS state that “Observations from Rodrigues show that the wind gusts have been significantly decreasing over the last three hours and the atmospheric pressure is increasing.
“On the other hand satellite imagery shows that the intense tropical cyclone Gelena has weakened into a tropical cyclone.
“On this trajectory, it is progressively moving away from Rodrigues.”
However, weather over Rodrigues will continue to be influenced by the cyclone.
The MMS says: “Cloud bands associated with Gelena will continue to influence the local weather giving passing showers mainly on the high grounds and wind facing slopes.
“Weather will improve gradually as from this afternoon.
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“Wind will blow from the south-west at a speed of 30-40 km/h (18.6 – 24.8mph) with gusts of the order of 80 km/h (49.7mph) at first and weakening gradually.
“Seas will remain high with heavy swells.
“High waves resulting from the action of storm surge and strong wind are likely to inundate the southern and southwestern coast.
“The public in Rodrigues are strongly advised not go out at sea until the all clear advice from the concerned authorities.”