Bansi is here to stay – at least, for some more hours. Having intensified by today morning, it will drench us in more torrential rain accompanied by thunder. The public is advised to take the necessary precautions, specially drivers.
Cyclone Bansi has intensified further during the night of yesterday, and thus the cyclone warning class two is maintained. The last weather bulletin issued at 4:10 a.m today 13th of January describes Bansi as an extremely intense cyclone.
At 4:00 a.m, Bansi was located at 275 km at the North of Mauritius. It has followed its previous trend, moving in the east-south-east direction, at a speed of 7 km/h, as it approaches nearer and nearer. The current path of Bansi therefore still makes of it a potential threat to us.
Cyclonic winds are expected to persist throughout today. The active patches of cloud accompanying Bansi will continue hovering over us. Most of the island will thus witness further cloudy weather, with torrential rain and occasional thunder.
The moderate to torrential rain might cause water accumulation in certain regions.
Winds will reach 40 to 50 km/h, and maybe even 90 to 100 km/h in certain regions.
Visibility along roads will remain an issue because of the fog. Drivers are recommended to be extremely careful.
The sea will also bear the brunt of Bansi: waves of the order of 5 meters will crash against the north and west coasts of the island.
The public is advised to avoid going to high-risk regions, and to specially not seek thrills at the sea-side.