Wednesday, March 23, 2005

MAURITIUS - Tropical storm Hennie to strike March 24th

From Reuters Foundation AlertNet, we have this report on Tropical Storm Hennie, (possibly upgraded to a cyclone).
Tropical storm Hennie is forecast to strike Mauritius at about 12:00 GMT on 24 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 19.6 S, 57.6 E. Hennie is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/hr (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
The yachting race Oryx Quest is taking place in the area, and the crews are keeping a serious eye on the current situation. This report from Yachting World...
Tropical storm Hennie has been upgraded to Cyclone Hennie and the storm is on a collision course with the boat. At present the eye of the storm is located 330 miles north north-east of the island of Mauritius which also happens to be a required turning mark of the course.
Mauritius is the home of the Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Kestrel of course. The island of Rodrigues is not too far away, and the population of Rodrigues Fruit Bats have long been thought to be under threat if a really big storm were to wipe out their habitat.