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Cyclone lashes French island of Reunion

  • 3 January 2013
  • From the section Europe
Man struggling against wind on Reunion, 3 Jan 13
The cyclone has caused disruption but so far no major damage

An Indian Ocean cyclone is lashing the French island of Reunion, where residents have been told to stay indoors amid torrential rain.

The storm has led to power cuts in more than 60,000 homes, French TV reports.

Cyclone Dumile is sweeping southwards between Reunion and Madagascar. Winds are reaching 180 km/h (112mph).

Reunion's air traffic and shipping are at a standstill. So far there are no reports of serious injuries, but some roads have been flooded.

The storm is expected to intensify on Reunion later on Thursday, though the eye of it is forecast to remain offshore.

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