NEWS

Weather Improves As TD04F Moves Away

The Tropical Depression (TD04F) lies to the far west of Fiji and it was located near 16.6 degrees South latitude and 174.6 degrees East longitude or about 330km West-northwest of
18 Dec 2016 13:23
Weather Improves As TD04F  Moves Away
Satellite Map at 8.30am Source:NOAA

The Tropical Depression (TD04F) lies to the far west of Fiji and it was located near 16.6 degrees South latitude and 174.6 degrees East longitude or about 330km West-northwest of Nadi at 10am this morning.

It remains slow moving and expected to gradually move southwest further away from Fiji.

On the projected path, the centre of the system is expected to remain over open waters and no longer poses direct threat to Fiji.

However, the associated cloud and rain affects the country.

The concern remains for strong and gusty wind for whole of Fiji land and waters, heavy rain and associated flooding in the Central and Northern Divisions.

As of 10am this morning, the following alerts and warnings are in place:  A “Strong Wind” warning remains in force for all land areas and waters of Fiji;

 A “Heavy Rain” warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Lau and Lomaiviti Group;

 A “Flood Warning” remains in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to:

 Wailotua and Nayavu station and areas downstream of Wainibuka River;

 downstream of Rakiraki Town;  Downstream of Navolau station;

 Nabukaluka station and downstream Nabukaluka River;

 Downstream of Waimanu station; and

 A “Flood Alert” remains in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to:

 Rewa Bridge and downstream of Nausori Town;  Keiyasi and downstream of Sigatoka River; and

 Downstream of Dawala of Labasa River. As the weather improves today, majority of alerts and warnings are expected to be cancelled within 24 hours.

However, public are advised to remain on alert and be cautious as localised heavy rain are expected from time to time which may cause localised flooding.

Rains have eased and weather has improved in the Western Division.

Other parts of Fiji will also see a significant improvement in weather coming through today.

For areas under heavy rain warning, expect periods of rain, heavy at times with rain easing to showers from today.

The rest of Fiji can anticipate occasional showers with isolated thunderstorms and localised heavy falls.

Strong Northeast to Southeast winds are expected gradually ease to moderate to fresh (less than 40km/hr) over land areas within next 24 hours and turn northerly.

Mariners should anticipate Northeast to Southeast winds with average speeds of 25 to 30 knots and gusts of up to 40 knots.

Winds turning northerly from later tomorrow.

Expect rough to very rough seas with moderate to heavy easterly swells.

Visibility will be poor in areas of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms.

We will continue to monitor the rivers and the weather systems and provide regular updates.

All communities are advised to remain updated with latest alerts, warnings, advisories and latest weather bulletins.

For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre on 6736005, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj

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