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Tropical Disturbance ‘No Threat’ To Fiji

Tropical Disturbance ‘No Threat’ To Fiji
TD17F
April 16
13:52 2016

Tropical Disturbance (TD17), which was analysed to the northwest of Nadi at midday yesterday, poses no threat to Fiji.

Director of Meteorology Ravind Kumar says chances of TD17F to develop into a tropical cyclone over Fiji waters remain low.

He said TD17F was gradually moving southeast towards the Fiji group with an associated trough of low pressure affects the group and was expected to clear by tomorrow.

Mr Kumar however said TD17F was expected to deepen to a tropical depression as it is anticipated to continue moving southeastward and lie very close to Fiji today.

“There is a concern for Fiji group with associated rainfall and the likelihood of flooding of low-lying areas,” Mr Kumar said.

“Moving to the south there is expected to be more rain with heavy rain warning still in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group, eastern half of Viti Levu and Yasawa group.”

Mr Kumar said the heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of the country which was expected to be upgraded to a warning later today.

“A flood alert is now in force for all small streams, creeks and low lying areas within Vanua Levu and Eastern half of Viti Levu,” he said.

“As the TD17F comes closer to Fiji and intensifies deepens and the land areas will feel strong winds and we will closer monitoring.”

Mr Kumar said the weather was expected to clear from the West tomorrow.

 

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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