Closing of schools, nurseries, university, airport, roads, EDF: info

Cyclone Emnati is expected closer to Reunion this Sunday, February 20, around 10 p.m. The island is orange hurricane alert. Closure of schools, nurseries, university, airport, roads, EDF: practical information here.



Barely twenty days after Batsirai, cyclone Emnati is approaching Reunion already causing rain, wind and swell.

It is expected closer to our shores this Sunday around 10 p.m. It will pass approximately 330 km to the north of the island. Reunion is on orange hurricane alert. Wave submersion vigilance is in effect on the North and North East coasts.

Schools, nurseries, after-school care and collective care for minors will remain closed on Monday 21 February. A new update will be made as soon as possible, to inform families of the date of resumption of classes. Read our article by clicking here.

The University also announces that all of its sites and campuses are closed until further notice.

The economic life of the island is not interrupted by the orange level of the cyclone alert. Employers are invited to take this alert into account and to limit the travel of their employees and employees as much as possible. An instruction that will apply tomorrow, Monday, if the orange alert continues.

The last flight will be this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Air operations will then be suspended at Roland Garros airport which will close until further notice. Read our article by clicking here. The flight schedule for this Sunday 20 and Monday 21 February has been modified by several airlines.

The swell is expected to break and impact the northwest coast and coastal road on Monday. The regional road management has already announced that a closure of the sea side lanes of the Littoral road will most likely be necessary on Monday.

Be careful on the southern roads. At Saint-Joseph, all the aprons have been closed as a precaution. The solitary apron is submerged with the overflow of the Grègues ravine. In Saint-Pierre, this is also the case for the Rivière d’Abord.


The Abord river overflows in Saint-Pierre



©Sophie Person

In the South, the Remparts and Langevin rivers are in flood. In the east, the Rivière des Marsouins is also in flood.

Ramparts river in flood

Ramparts river in flood



©Lois Mussard

EDF is mobilized in anticipation of the passage of Emnati, and significant logistical and human resources are deployed. This Sunday at 10 a.m., 3,000 customers are without electricity, ie less than 1% of EDF customers. The first interventions are already taking place.

EDF in Reunion reminds you that you should never approach a cable that has fallen on the ground, because of the risk of electrocution. To report an emergency situation presenting a risk to the person, contact the breakdown service: 0800 333 974 Find all the information in real time on the EDF Facebook page.

Municipalities have already decided to open their emergency accommodation centers for people whose accommodation does not provide a sufficient level of security. An emergency number is then set up in these municipalities, this is particularly the case in Saint-Joseph.

Check with your town hall for the address and telephone number. More info in our article by clicking here.

  • EMS: 15
  • Police and gendarmerie: 17
  • Firefighter: 18
  • From your mobile phone: 112
  • Meteo France: 0262 92 11 00