NASA images show Mauritius covered by the tropical storm Calvinia
NASA satellite images show Mauritius flooded by tropical cyclone ‘Calvinia’ which closed the main airport and stock exchange of the island
- Tropical storm caused a class three warning, closing the Mauritius airspace
- The center of Calvinia was just east of the island on Monday and covered it with clouds
- NASA images of the rounded shape of Calvinia indicate an “organized storm”
NASA images show that in the Southern Indian Ocean, Mauritius is being flooded by a tropical storm, closing stores, businesses, and the island’s main airport.
The cyclone, called Calvinia, formed on Sunday and the following day, clouds of a gang of thunderstorms on the west side had covered the island.
Calvinia became more intense on Sunday evening and became a severe tropical storm, leading to a class three tropical cyclone warning from Mauritius Meteorological Services.
Class three applies to winds between 111 and 129 miles per hour that can cause “extensive” damage, such as structural impact on buildings and serious coastal flooding.
Calvinia intensified on Sunday evening and became a heavy tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 km / h and heavy rain that hit the island.
On December 30, 2019, the MODIS instrument flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite gave a visible image of Tropical Storm Calvinia over the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean, with the French island of Reunion in the west
It is predicted that Calvinia will turn southeast and strengthen to around 74 mph
Images from the MODIS image sensor on board the Terra satellite from NASA showed a thick, round strip of thunderstorms that obscured the relatively small island.
The MODIS image revealed bands of thunderstorms spiraling from the west side into the low circulation center, or the “eye of the storm.”
The Terra satellite from NASA is a satellite in a fleet of NASA satellites that provide data for hurricane research.
The center of Calvinia was approximately 75 miles east of Mauritius at 9 AM local time on Monday, according to the Mauritius Meteorological Services.
“A movement to the west will bring the center closer to Mauritius,” warned the weather service.
“Cyclonic conditions – gusts of wind up to 120 km / h – can occur in Mauritius in the early afternoon.”
Mauritius closed its main airport on Monday in the capital Port Louis Harbor, awaiting Calvinia.
“With a deterioration in weather conditions and the announced closure of the airport at 12:10 PM, Air Mauritius wants to inform all passengers that all arrivals and departures have been postponed until further notice,” said the courier on Monday morning.
The Mauritius stock exchange also confirmed to MailOnline that it was closed due to the storm on Monday and Tuesday, while banks and other companies were also closed.
From Tuesday morning Calvinia strengthened but left Maurituis and drove south at a speed of around 10 km per hour.
“The heavy tropical storm Calvinia is slowly disappearing in a general southern direction,” said Mauritius Meteorological Services.
“It travels from Mauritius on this route and, given its small diameter, the risk of cyclone conditions on the island has decreased considerably.”
The class three cyclone warning was removed at 10:10 a.m.
Calvinia heavy tropical storm update from Mauritius at 10 a.m. local time with projected positions over the next two days as it moves south
Flights to and from the island have now been resumed, Air Mauritius confirmed, but the island is likely to experience heavy rain, will persist across Mauritius until Tuesday.
By sixteen local time, Calvinia was centered at approximately 86 miles (140 km) southeast of Mauritius and further south.
Calvinia will intensify for another two days and, according to Severe Weather Europe, might be able to reach a tropical cyclone with sustained winds at around 75 miles per hour by Thursday.
The tropical cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May, with some parts of the island susceptible to landslides.
MEASURING TROPICAL CYCLONES
Wind (mph): 74 – 95
Damage: Minimal – No significant structural damage, can uproot trees and cause flooding in coastal areas.
Wind (mph): 96 – 110
Moderate – No major destruction of buildings, can uproot trees and signs. Coastal flooding can occur. Secondary effects can be the shortage of water and electricity.
Wind (mph): 111 – 129
Extensive – Structural damage to small buildings and serious coastal flooding to those on low-lying land. Evacuation may be required.
Wind (mph): 130-156
Extreme – All signs and trees are blown over with major damage to roofs. Flat land in the interior can be flooded. Evacuation probably.
Wind (mph): greater than 156
Catastrophic – Buildings destroyed with small buildings being destroyed. All trees and signs have been blown down. Evacuation up to 10 miles inland.