Cyclone Mauritius

Best Footage of the Cyclone in Mauritius

We take a look at the best footage of Cyclone Freddy. Please read all updates from the government regarding the Cyclone in Mauritius. Stay safe Mauritius 🇲🇺.

Cyclone Freddy
The eye of Cyclone Freddy seen from the International Space Station. Wikimedia Commons/NASA

No Freddy Krueger is not coming for you! But storm Freddy is now clipping Mauritius and is on course to directly hit Madagascar. Formed in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia, Freddy has been moving slowly westward over the last week.

Mauritius has already battened down the hatches on Monday as an intense tropical cyclone approached, with flights cancelled in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Freddy Krueger

To prepare for cyclones, it is important to stay informed of weather forecasts and warnings, have a plan in place for evacuation or shelter, and make sure you have emergency supplies such as food, water, and medications. It is also important to take steps to protect your property, such as securing loose objects, boarding up windows, and reinforcing doors.

If you are in an area that is affected by a cyclone, it is important to follow instructions from local authorities and evacuate if necessary. Stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Cyclone Freddy
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Videos Captured of Cyclone Freddy from Around the Internet

Shocking footage captured from around the island. Pray for the people caught up in this Cyclone.

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How a Cyclone is Formed

Cyclones (Indian Ocean), also known as hurricanes (North Atlantic) or typhoons (North Pacific Ocean), are large rotating storm systems that form over warm ocean waters. Cyclones are formed by a combination of several factors:

  • Warm ocean waters: Cyclones require warm ocean waters with a temperature of at least 26.5°C (79.7°F) to form and strengthen. Warm water provides the energy needed to fuel the cyclone.
  • Low pressure: Cyclones form around an area of low pressure. As air rises from the warm ocean surface, it creates an area of low pressure at the centre of the storm.
  • Coriolis force: The Coriolis force, which is caused by the Earth’s rotation, causes the winds around the low-pressure area to rotate. In the northern hemisphere, the winds rotate counterclockwise, while in the southern hemisphere, they rotate clockwise.
  • Moisture: The warm ocean water evaporates and provides moisture to the atmosphere. This moisture is then carried by the winds into the center of the storm, where it condenses to form clouds.

As the cyclone gains strength, the winds can reach speeds of over 119 km/h (74 mph), and the storm can cause significant damage to coastal areas. The intensity and duration of a cyclone depend on various factors, including ocean temperature, atmospheric moisture, and wind shear.

Cyclone Mauritius From Space

The International Space Station flew over the eye of tropical cyclone Freddy on Feb. 17, 2023. The storm was above the Indian Ocean at the time.

Video Credit: NASA

Hurricane Survival Kit (Disaster Kit)

Hurricane Emergency Kit

Cyclone essentials to prepare for the worst. Cyclone Freddy might not have directly hit Mauritius, but it’s best to be prepared for future events or Geopolitical situations. While I do not want to sound like a mad domesday prepper from the internet, I do believe you should have at least some of these items at hand in a crises.  

  • Torch / Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
  • Lots of tinned food (Can opener).
  • One Gallon of Water.
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Candles (Warning: please supervisor candles at all times)
  • First Aid kit.
  • First Aid Manual.
  • Two weeks supply of medications.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Power bank.
  • Hand Sanitiser.
  • Cash.
  • Sunscreen / Suntan Lotion.

This by no means an extensive list please check out this PDF for more detailed list or this website

What's the difference between a Hurricane and a Cyclone?

Ever wondered what the difference between a Cyclone and Hurricane is?

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10 Great Disaster Movies

Here are 10 great disaster films to get you through the Cyclone:

The Impossible (2012) – The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. 8/10

Deepwater Horizon (2016) – A dramatisation of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history. Starring  Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russel. 8/10

Adrift (2018) – After encountering a deadly hurricane on a sailing trip, Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp face the unimaginable when they get stuck in the Pacific Ocean. 6.8/10

Twister (1996) – This action-packed film staring Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton depicts the storm chasing adventures of a team of scientists studying tornadoes in the famous Tornado Alley. 7/10

Crawl (2019) – Florida residents Haley and her father get trapped in a massive hurricane and struggle to escape. But things get worse when they realise that the floodwater is the least of their fears. 6/10

The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. Staring Dennis Quaid 6.5/10

2012 (2009) – Director Roland Emmerich is back and theme is the end of the world again. Staring John Cusack. 5.5/10

Deep Impact (1998) – This Mimi Leder directed film follows the story of a comet on a collision course with Earth, and the attempts to stop it before it destroys all life on the planet. 6/10

Armageddon (1998) – This Michael Bay-directed film portrays the efforts of a team of oil drillers and astronauts who are sent on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid that is set to collide with it. 7.5/10.

Independence Day (1996) – An alien race destroys major cities of the world with their advanced weaponry. However, a geek, a pilot, the US President and a group of ragtag survivors unite to save mankind from annihilation. Staring Will Smith and directed by Roland Emmerich. 8/10

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