Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for HEROLD-20
in Mauritius, Madagascar

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone HEROLD-20 can have a low humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1000660
Name HEROLD-20
From - To 13 Mar - 19 Mar
Exposed countries Mauritius, Madagascar
Exposed population No people in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 185 km/h, Category 3
Maximum storm surge 0.3 m (13 Mar 09:00 UTC)
Vulnerability High (Madagascar)


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+ Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS 185 km/h 0.3 m n.a. 0.5
Single TC: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
HWRF 205 km/h 0.7 m 1031 mm 0.5
GFS 184 km/h 0.6 m 920 mm 0.5
ECMWF 151 km/h 0.8 m 1026 mm 0.5
Beta Version - All weather systems in the area: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
Maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge and rainfall) using different data sources.
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Mauritius - Tropical Cyclone HEROLD update (ECHO 18 Mar 2020)Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:54

  • Tropical cyclone HEROLD continued moving south-west over the Indian Ocean, passing approximately 130 km south of Rodrigues Island (Mauritius) on 17 March. Media reports that, as of 18 March, power outages and schools preventively closed across the island.
  • On 18 March at 6.00 UTC, cyclone's centre was located approximately 395 km south-west of Rodrigues, with maximum sustained winds up to 100 km/h (tropical storm). On the forecast track, HEROLD is forecast to continue moving south-west, as a tropical storm, weakening.
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rainfall could still affect Rodrigues. The Mauritius Meteorological Services has lifted the previous warning for cyclone over the island.
Madagascar, Mauritius, Rodrigues - Tropical Cyclone HEROLD (ECHO 17 Mar 2020)Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:56

  • Following the passage of Tropical Cyclone HEROLD close to the north-east coast of Madagascar on 13-15 March, at least 4 people died in Sava region and approximately 3,200 people have been affected. More than 100 schools have been flooded.
  • On 16 March at 18.00 UTC, the cyclone's centre was approximately 360 km north-west of Mauritius, with maximum sustained winds of 148 km/h. HEROLD will move south-east passing close to Rodrigues Island (approximately 90 km south), bringing heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge.
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NASA find Herold a fading ex-tropical cycloneFri, 20 Mar 2020 17:48:00 +0100.

IMAGE: On Mar. 20, 2020, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image ex-tropical cyclone Herold in the Southern Indian Ocean. Credit: Credit: NASA Worldview. Former Tropical Cyclone Herold is now a
NASA finds little strength left in Tropical Cyclone HeroldThu, 19 Mar 2020 16:36:00 +0100.

IMAGE: On March 19, 2020, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Herold. MODIS showed minimal associated strong convection (rising air that forms the thunderstorms... Credit: NASA/NRL. Wind s
NASA analyzes tropical cyclone Herold's water vapor concentrationWed, 18 Mar 2020 20:38:00 +0100.

Credit: Credits: NASA/NRL. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean on Mar. 18, it gathered water vapor data that showed wind shear was adversely affecting Tropical Cyclone Herold. In general, wind shear is a measure
Météo : Retour d’un anticyclone à partir de lundiWed, 18 Mar 2020 17:19:00 +0100.

Des rafales de 130 km/h enregistrés à Plaine-Corail. Après le passage de Herold à Maurice, qui a causé une légère baisse de la température, le soleil a refait son apparition depuis hier. La chaleur a ainsi repris ses droits et la températur

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (35), (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),