Tropical cyclone Fantala has been gaining intensity since the week-end. It has been categorised into a more powerful group.
Fantala is the most powerful cyclone having been formed in this region of the world after Geralda which had hit the Indian Ocean in 1994, leaving tremendous damage in Madagascar with 271 deaths. The latter might be hit by Fantala as well, as can be seen above.
Described as being a “Super Cyclone”, Fantala has made the transition to category 5, as per the definitions of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US military.
Seychelles News Agency reports that Fantala has been wreaking havoc in Farquhar Islands, today, April 19.
Given that the cyclone had changed direction, it might proceed towards Mauritius or to the north of Madagascar. Opinions of experts as to the eventual destination of Fantala differ.
For now, the weather conditions in Mauritius are expected to be cloudy and rainy in certain regions, specially those on high altitudes. Outings at sea are discouraged.