Posted 4.2.2009, updated 7.2.2009, updated 17.2.2009
03.02.2009 30 °C
The tropical cyclone Gael is on it's way to Mauritius. If it doesn't alter it's course it will pass just a few km north of Mauritius sometime tomorrow evening. We're on alert level 1 now, which means the boats are all going to Port-Louis in the secure haven. We closed the diving center, put wooden planks on the windows and stacked sand bags before the door:
They are probably going to raise the alert to level 2 tonight when everybody's home (level 2 means only very little transport), tomorrow we might have level 3 (no transport, no electricity, everything closed).
Bah, the eye of the cyclone missed us. We stayed on level 2 for 2 days, had heavy rain and strong wind, but nothing special. Anyway, the sea is all worked up now so diving will be impossible for a few days. Unfortunately we still have to show up at the diving center at eight in the morning. Oh, well, last working week, I'll be doing some tourism during some days prior to my departure.
During the cyclone I went to Andreas's place where he was partying with some other Austrians. They were already drunk when i arrived and dancing in the rain and wind. Crazy Austrians :-D
Here's a picture from the dive center. You can't really see the wind and rain and waves, but there was a lot of all of them.
Here's a picture of the hotel beach after the cyclone. The waves washed away a lot of sand and destroyed the concrete terrace that was on the stones...
All in all it was a welcome change to the routine.