High Winds Sweep Reunion Island as Cyclone Berguitta Nears

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Cyclone Berguitta hit France’s Reunion island on Thursday, January 18, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall.

This video taken by resident Christophe Payet shows the cyclone raging in La Plaine Des Cafres.

The cyclone was forecast to impact Reunion and its Indian Ocean neighbor Mauritius between January 17 to 20, according to reports.

Weather agency Meteo France has issued an orange alert for a cyclone for Reunion, the report said, with winds of up to 86 miles per hour forecasted. The island, a French territory, is situated about 100 miles southwest of Mauritius. Credit: YouTube/Christophe Payet Photographe via Storyful