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Possible Cyclone Would Not Be As Disastrous As Winston, Says Kumar

Ravind Kumar says if Tropical Disturbance 04F strengthens into a cyclone, it would not be as disastrous as Winston. The Fiji Meteorological Service director made the statement yesterday when he
15 Dec 2016 11:00
Possible  Cyclone Would Not Be As Disastrous  As Winston,  Says Kumar
Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar.

Ravind Kumar says if Tropical Disturbance 04F strengthens into a cyclone, it would not be as disastrous as Winston.

The Fiji Meteorological Service director made the statement yesterday when he updated the weather forecast.

He said if the system developed into a tropical cyclone, it would most likely be category 1 or category 2 when it was over the Fijian waters. Winston was category 5.

Mr Kumar said TD04F was slow moving.

“We really cannot see anything in terms of circulation and that is why we are keeping it as a disturbance,” Mr Kumar said.

“We anticipate as it slowly moves down to the south eastwards it will start to organise itself and later on intensify into a tropical depression.

“When we look closer at the system, it is associated with a broad band of cloud which has got heavy rain associated with it and some parts of the Northern Division have been experiencing heavy rain.

TD04F is slow moving and has intensified in the last 24 hours.”

TD04F was located about 420 kilometres northwest of Nadi at 4pm yesterday, the Fiji Meteorological Service said.

The latest warning which are associated with the TD04F:

ν Heavy rain warning which is in force for whole of Fiji

ν The strong wind warning is also in force for land areas of Fiji

ν A strong wind warning is in force for all Fiji waters.

Mr Kumar said: “These three warnings are in anticipation of TD04F intensifying and moving south eastwards closer to Fiji over the next 48 to 72 hours.

He said TD04F was expected to intensify and enter Fijian waters today.

“The major concerns are periods of heavy rain and strong winds associated with the system and it is anticipated that the system will become slow moving as it comes closer to Fiji.

“The chance of this particular system which is TD04F developing into a cyclone over Fiji waters has now been elevated to moderate levels which is about 20-50 per cent on the higher side

“When it draws closer to the land areas, it will have some restrictions or some constraints to further develop so that’s why we are still finding it very difficult, whether it is actually going to form into a tropical cyclone in the next 48-72 hours.

“Rain will persist.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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