Climate of Mauritius
Cyclones on Mauritius
Even the news that a cyclone is developing at some distance is enough to unsettle the inhabitants of Mauritius. And if this cyclone is approaching the Mascarene Islands and is classified as a higher, more dangerous type, the preparations begin.
Candles and supplies for several days are purchased, water containers filled and houses sealed with additional wooden panels. And when the hurricane really gets there, everyone hurries home or to one of the shelters.
Anyone who has experienced a cyclone like this can confirm that the fear is justified and that the warnings and recommendations given over the radio and television must be followed.
With winds of up to 250km/h, a cyclone can build up an primeval, destructive force that tears off roofs, smashes windows and uproots huge trees and carries them away. Huge amounts of rain fall from the sky and transform previously small streams into torrential rivers. Huge waves thunder against the reef and coasts.
If the cyclone moves directly over the Mauritius Islands, the storm comes in two waves. After the first onslaught, which can last several hours, comes a total, almost eerie calm. Then the eye of the cyclone moves over the islands. The calm is deceptive because immediately afterwards the mighty squalls sweep back again over the land.
The storm usually lasts no longer than 2 -3 days in total. Afterwards the weather shows its best side again, much better than before the storm.
As a tourist, you'd do best not to leave your hotel or holiday home during the storm and to follow the advice of the Mauritians. There are often considerable air traffic delays during a cyclone.
To reassure you, cyclones don't come to Mauritius every year and even the really big and dangerous ones are not that frequent.
If you want to be certain not to come across a cyclone, you should avoid travelling from November to April.