MAURITIUS is bracing for impact as 75mph Cyclone Berguitta hurtles towards the holiday hotspot.
The Indian Ocean island closed its port and airport on Wednesday as it raised its alert level to prepare for a tropical cyclone.
Thousands of residents flocked to storm shelters set up by the government after authorities declared Berguitta a category three cyclone.
Multi-millionaire football club owner Glenn Tamplin tweeted that he was stuck on the island and posted photos of strong winds, which is home to 1.3million people.
Mr Tamplin, who was due to fly back from the island yesterday with his wife Bliss, posted a video showing stormy winds lashing the beach, which are cordoned off to the public.
The island's meteorological service said Berguitta was likely to "pass very close to" the Indian Ocean island around mid-morning on Thursday.
Gusts hitting 120 km/h could hit by Wednesday evening, and authorities has closed the airport until further notice.
The island's main port, Louis Harbour, also had to close – the country's main gateway that handles the vast majority of external trade.
Etienne Sinatambou, the Minister for Environment and head of the National Crisis Committee, said around 2,000 people had been received in 43 storm shelters around the island.
Vegetable farmers told local media their fields had been flooded and that the prices of fresh produce would likely jump in coming days.
Images posted on various social networks platforms showed several roads in the coastal regions of the island flooded, while 300 homes lost electricity.
Many residents fear Berguitta will cause extensive damage when it makes landfall, and the island of Reunion was also on alert as the cyclone approached.
In February 1994, Cyclone Hollanda killed two people, destroyed 450 homes and caused $135 million in damage when it hit Mauritius.
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