NEWS

Heavy Rain Warning In Force For Fiji

A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for whole of Fiji as the active trough of low pressure with cloud and rain remains slow moving over the northern parts of
15 Feb 2017 16:30

A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for whole of Fiji as the active trough of low pressure with cloud and rain remains slow moving over the northern parts of Fiji.

It is gradually moving southwards onto the rest of the Group. Rain to continue over the northern parts of the group and redevelop over other areas of Fiji from tonight. Periods of rain, heavy at times continues to affect the northern parts of the country, thus increasing the chances of flash flooding.

The following alerts and warnings remain in force:

 A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for the whole of Fiji;

 A “Strong Wind Warning” remains in force for all Fiji waters;

 A “Flood Warning” is in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Rakiraki Town and downstream.

 A “Flood Alert” remains in force for low lying areas and small stream adjacent to major rivers for Vanua Levu, Eastern half of Viti Levu and Lomaiviti group. Expect periods of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Northern Lau group.

Yasawa group, northern and eastern parts of Viti Levu and Lomaiviti group can expect occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms. The rest of Fiji can expect cloudy periods with some showers increasing to rain and becoming frequent and heavy from tonight.

Meanwhile, a Tropical disturbance has developed near 19.4 degrees South latitude and 176.6 degrees west longitude or about 270km east-southeast of Lakeba or 540km east-southeast of Suva at midday today. The disturbance is identified as TF12F and it is gradually moving southeastwards further away from the Fiji group towards Southern Tonga.

TD12F has a low chance of developing into a significant Tropical Depression close to Fiji. Mariners can expect northwest winds 20 to 25 knots gusting to 35 knots with Rough seas and moderate northwesterly swells. Visibility will be poor in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

All communities are advised to remain alert as localised heavy rain over short period of time can cause flash flooding in low lying areas given the ground is extremely saturated.

General public is requested to take alerts, warnings and advisories seriously whenever it is issued and remain prepared at all times. 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



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