The sixth cyclone bulletin for Mauritius was issued by the Mauritius Meteorological Services at 2210 hours tonight. The intensity of Freddy has been fluctuating during the last hours. It has re-intensified into a very intense tropical cyclone while maintaining its trajectory towards the west south west.
The estimated central pressure of Freddy is around 900 hPa and the estimated wind gusts near its centre is about 300 km/h.
At 2200 hours, the very intense tropical cyclone Freddy was centred at about 550 km to the east north east of Mauritius, near latitude 17.7 degrees south and longitude 62.4 degrees east. It is moving towards the west south west at about 25 km/h.
On this trajectory, Freddy is dangerously approaching Mauritius and represents a direct threat to the island. It may pass at about 140 km at its closest distance to the north north west of the island on Monday evening.
The public in Mauritius is advised to complete all preliminary precautions.
Weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy with passing showers mainly to the east and over the central plateau.
Wind will blow from the south east at a speed of about 30 km/h.
Sea will be rough beyond the reefs tonight with swells. It is advised not to venture in the open sea.
The weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly in the early afternoon tomorrow, Monday 20, with intermittent rain and gusts of the order of 100 km/h.
The sea will become very rough to high with heavy swells tomorrow morning.
If intense tropical cyclone Freddy maintains this trajectory towards the west south west, the warning bulletin will be upgraded to Class III at 0410 hours tomorrow morning.
The next bulletin will be issued at around 0410 hours.