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Cyclones in Reunion

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Reunion. On average, they happen about 3 times a year. The hardest hit cities is Saint-Leu.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

The most severe cyclone to make landfall in Reunion in the past 12 months was »Jasmine«. It reached a wind speed of up to 46 km/h on April 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm local time near Saint-Leu and was 241 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical depression cyclone. On the open sea, speeds of up to 100 km/h were even measured (tropical storm).

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Most violent cyclones in Reunion since 2018

Jasmine: April 24-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
on land:
max. 46 km/h
Diameter:
max. 963 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Most Affected Cities
Saint-Leu

Emnati: February 16-24, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 941 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 20th, 2022 at 4:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 366 km north of Saint-Denis.

Dumako: February 13-16, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 14th, 2022 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 477 km north of Saint-Denis.

Batsirai: January 27 to February 8, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 230 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 03rd, 2022 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 186 km northeast of Le Port.

Iman: March 7-9, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 07th, 2021 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 409 km southwest of Saint-Philippe.

Chalane: December 25-30, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 241 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 25th, 2020 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 546 km north of Le Port.

Herold: March 12-21, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 955 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 17th, 2020 at 4:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 452 km northwest of Sainte-Suzanne.

Francisco: February 3-15, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 11th, 2020 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 261 km northwest of Sainte-Suzanne.

Esami: January 22-26, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 187 km northwest of Saint-Benoît.

Diane: January 22-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 24th, 2020 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 183 km north of Sainte-Suzanne.

Calvinia: December 17, 2019 to January 3, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 31st, 2019 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 220 km west of Sainte-Rose.

Gelena: February 4-16, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On February 09th, 2019 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 465 km northwest of Sainte-Suzanne.


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