Reunion on orange alert, cyclone Emnati will pass closer on Sunday

This Saturday, February 19, at 4 p.m., cyclone Emnati is located 555 km north-northeast of Reunion. The island is on orange hurricane alert. The cyclone will be closer to our coasts on Sunday evening. Schools and nurseries will remain closed on Monday.



Tropical cyclone Emnati continues to approach Reunion this Saturday, February 19. The orange alert has been triggered since 5 p.m. The system will be closer to our shores on Sunday evening. Schools and nurseries will remain closed on Monday. The point here.

According to the latest report from Météo France Réunion, at 4 p.m., cyclone Emnati was located 555 km northeast of our coasts. Reunion has been on orange hurricane alert since 5 p.m.

The cyclone is moving west, south-west, at a speed of 17 km/h and is expected to intensify further. It is expected to remain at the tropical cyclone or intense tropical cyclone stage until it makes landfall on the east coast of Madagascar, likely on Tuesday.

The passage closest to Reunion should take place overnight from Sunday to Monday at around 320km (+/- 100km).

“The expected impact should be less significant than that caused by Cyclone Batsirai”, provide the services of Météo France Réunion.

The degradation of the weather will be more noticeable next night. Tomorrow Sunday, gusts may exceed 100 km / h with heavy rain expected especially in the southern heights and the Volcano region.

During the night from Sunday to Monday and Monday morning, the gusts could expect 120 km / h on the coast and 130 to 140 km / h in the heights. Precipitation will mainly affect the interior of the island and the eastern highlands. A slow improvement could take shape at the end of the day on Monday and especially on Tuesday.

The swell from the north-east then north-east should break and impact the east and north coast before mainly affecting the north-west and the coastal road on Monday (significant height of around 5 to 6m tomorrow evening). Yesterday, the regional road management has already announced that under these conditions, a closure of the sea side lanes of the Littoral road will most likely be necessary on Monday.

Monday, February 21, schools, nurseries, extracurricular reception and collective reception of minors will not welcome children for at least one day.

Classes are suspended in all schools, colleges and high schools on Monday. A new update will be made as soon as possible, to inform families of the date of resumption of classes.

The economic life of the island is not interrupted by the orange level of the cyclone alert. Nevertheless, “Employers are invited to take this alert into account and to limit the travel of their employees and employees as much as possible”, specifies the prefecture of Reunion.

“The town halls will analyze, according to their situation and their exposure to strong winds, the advisability of maintaining the fairground markets tomorrow, Sunday morning”, has explained the prefecture in a press release.

The city of Saint-Denis announces the cancellation of the Cauldron market on Sunday morning.

In addition, the prefecture specifies that the polling stations in Etang-Salé will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Voters must again elect their mayor.

On the side of Roland Garros airport, the flights are advanced and the last will take place on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Air Austral has detailed the changes to its flight schedules for Sunday 20 and Monday 21 February. The point in our article by clicking here.

  • Maximum winds (averaged over 10 minutes) estimated at sea: 130 km/h.
  • Estimated maximum gusts at sea: 185 km/h.
  • Estimated pressure at the center: 970 hPa.
  • Position on February 19 at 4 p.m. local time: 16.4 South / 58.0 East.
  • Distance from the Reunion coast: 555 km to the sector: NORTH-NORTH-EAST
  • Distance from Mayotte: 1430 km to the sector: EAST-SOUTH-EAST
  • Movement: WEST-SOUTH-WEST, at 17 km/h.

Cyclone Emnati should then land on Madagascar on Tuesday during the day or evening, probably at the stage of an intense tropical cyclone, presenting a real danger.

Here are the predicted intensities and positions of this low pressure system over the next few days:

  • TROPICAL CYCLONE, Center positioned on 02/20 at 4 p.m. local time, by 17.8 South / 55.3 East.
  • INTENSE TROPICAL CYCLONE, Center positioned on 02/21 at 4 p.m. local time, by 18.7 South / 52.3 East.
  • INTENSE TROPICAL CYCLONE, Center positioned on 02/22 at 4 p.m. local time, by 20.2 South / 48.7 East.
  • DEPRESSION ON LAND, Center positioned on 02/23 at 4 p.m. local time, by 22.9 South / 44.2 East.
  • MODERATE TROPICAL STORM, Center positioned on 02/24 at 4 p.m. local time, by 25.9 South / 41.7 East