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Depression Heading Our Way

Depression Heading Our Way
Director of Meteorology Ravind Kumar with the latest satellite images displayed in the background. Photo: Penioni Kuinikoro
February 07
10:46 2018

Tropical Disturbance TD07F, presently near Vanuatu, was anticipated to move towards the country and gradually develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours before affecting the group from Thursday.

The Director of the Fiji Meteorological Service, Ravind Kumar, said TD07F had the potential to further intensify into a significant Tropical Depression within the next 24 to 48 hours and had high chances of becoming a Category 1 Cyclone in the next 72 hours. 

By then, it was expected to be located near Fiji.

Currently TD07F remains slow moving to the far Northwest of Fiji or near Vanuatu. TD07F was one of two systems on opposite ends of the Fiji Group.

Another system, TD08F, which had intensified into a tropical depression, was located about 160 km south-west of Ono-i-Lau at 3pm yesterday and was moving away from the Fiji Group at 30 kmph.

In anticipation of the evolving weather pattern and as TD07F moves closer to Fiji, the following warnings and alerts remain in force:

 A Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Yasawa Group.

A Heavy Rain Alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji.

A Flood Alert remains in force for all low-lying areas and small streams for Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for Vanua Levu and the Lau Waters, the Vatu-i-Ra passage and was now in force for the Koro Sea and the Kadavu passage.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for land and waters of Rotuma.

“With more rain to come our way and with the approach of TD07F, the chances of flash flooding due to localised heavy rain are high,” Mr Kumar said.

“The possibility of flooding of low-lying areas will also be high and the likelihood of river flooding would be elevated from Thursday onwards.

“Expect occasional rain increasing to periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Yasawa Groups.”

“Expect northwesterly winds to gradually increase to strong and become gusty from 40km/hr to 50km/hr and gusting to 65km/hr from Thursday.”

For the rest of Fiji, expect afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms with like heavy falls.

Cloudiness and showers are expected to increase to rain, heavy at times as TD07F comes closer to the Group.

For the Vanua Levu and Lau waters, Koro Sea, Vatu-i-Ra and Kadavu Passages, north-westerly winds 20 to 25 knots are expected, gusting to 35knots with rough to very rough seas and moderate north-westerly swells.

For the rest of the Fiji waters, expect north-westerly winds 15 to 20 knots and gusty at times with moderate to rough seas with moderate northerly swells.

Further development of TD07F will be closely monitored and the public will be appropriately advised through alerts and warnings as the system draws near the Fiji Group.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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