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Cyclone Change In 48 Hours

The weather office in Nadi also said that TD04F was currently moving slowly, but it was expected to move southeast in the next few days to the north of Vanuatu and further towards Fiji.
13 Jan 2020 09:38
Cyclone Change In 48 Hours
JICA Fiji Resident Representative Yukari Ono with Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum following the signing of JICA Standby Loan Agreement to Fiji on February 21, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A tropical depression that formed between the Solomons and Vanuatu (encircled) has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone, says the Fiji Meteorological Service.

Experts from the Pacific Severe Weather group concur that this system may come close to Rotuma and the Fiji group from Wednesday, although it may be too early to make any assessment on the system’s potential trajectory.

However, it also did warn that the system had the potential to become severe. Should the system strengthen, the experts warned that it could pose a threat to life and property.

The weather office in Nadi also said that TD04F was currently moving slowly, but it was expected to move southeast in the next few days to the north of Vanuatu and further towards Fiji.

This is the second system this year that has threatened the country.

Tropical Cyclone Sarai, a category 2 system, passed the country two weeks ago and damaged many farms in the maritime islands.

It also forced more than 2000 individuals to take shelter at evacuation centres around the country.

Tropical Cyclone Winston, a category 5 system in February 2016, was the strongest that made landfall in Fiji and Tonga.

Forty-four Fijians lost their lives from the killer storm.

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Edited by Naisa Koroi

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