NEWS

Disturbance ‘To Pass Fiji Over Weekend’

A low-pressure system to the west of Fiji was expected to deepen into a disturbance as it gradually moves eastward, and is predicted to pass between Rotuma and Vanua Levu
16 Dec 2017 11:10
Disturbance ‘To Pass Fiji Over Weekend’
Commuters at the Lautoka Bus Station make their way through pouring rain on December 15, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

A low-pressure system to the west of Fiji was expected to deepen into a disturbance as it gradually moves eastward, and is predicted to pass between Rotuma and Vanua Levu this weekend.

Director Meteorology Ravind Kumar said the disturbance was expected to lie south of Samoa early next week.

However, people in the Central and Eastern Divisions have been warned that heavy rain, brought about by the system may lead to flash flooding, especially in the flood prone areas.

Mr Kumar said the system had a potential to become a significant depression as it approached Samoa early next week and is expected to change direction to south-eastwards.

“The chance of developing into a tropical cyclone is moderate,” he said.

“The system does not pose a direct threat to Fiji on the forecasted movement, however, associated active trough of low pressure is expected to affect the country.

“Associated cloud and occasional rain, heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms are likely, especially in the northern and the eastern parts of the country.

“As the system draws closer, rain is expected to gradually increase from occasional to periods of rain and become frequent in these areas.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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