The storm eventually gained Category 3 strength while passing between Mauritius and Rodrigues Island, mainly as a threat to maritime traffic.
But outer bands of the storm were predicted to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to Mauritius and neighboring Reunion late in the week as the core remained well off the coasts of both islands.
Gelane was predicted to eventually dissipate over the cooler waters to the south.
Cyclone Gelane Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS