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Strong Winds, Heavy Rain And Flash Flood Expected Over Parts Of The Fiji Group

A trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the northern parts of the group.
26 Jan 2021 14:13
Strong Winds, Heavy Rain And Flash Flood Expected Over Parts Of The Fiji Group

Warnings

A Strong Wind Warning is now in force for land areas of eastern half of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau Group.

A Heavy Rain Alert remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the northern Lau Group.

A Flash Flood Alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to rivers and streams for Vanua Levu and low lying areas and small streams from Serua coastal areas to Togalevu and is now in force for low lying areas and small streams from Ba to Rakiraki.

Situation
A trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the northern parts of the group.

Meanwhile, tropical disturbance TD04F is still lingering to the north of New Caledonia. Another low is located to the east of Vanuatu. TD04F may merge with the low near Vanuatu by midweek and possibly become a tropical cyclone as it moves east to lie between Fiji and Vanuatu later this week.

Figure 2: Flash Flood Alert Map at 12pm today, 26 January, 2021.

Figure 2: Flash Flood Alert Map at 12pm today, 26 January, 2021.

Forecast
Fresh to strong northerly winds with average speed of 50km/hr is likely from tomorrow over eastern half of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau group.

While moderate to fresh winds, gusty at times is expected for the rest of the Fiji group. No significant impacts are expected from winds of these strength. However, it may cause big trees to sway and twigs breaking off trees.

It is expected to rain at times with few thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the northern Lau group.

Heavy falls anticipated over some places which may lead to flash flooding of low lying areas.

Occasional showers and thunderstorms possible elsewhere with heavy falls expected over some places in the afternoon or evening. Weather conditions anticipated to deteriorate further from Thursday.

The current situation is closely monitored and any alert and warning will be issued as and when
significant changes are anticipated. Members of the public are advised to remain updated with thelatest weather information.

For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.

You can also visit the Fiji Meteorological Service official Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for latest updates.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj


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