NEWS

Low Pressure Intensifies into a Tropical Disturbance, TD09F

A tropical low pressure system that was located to the northwest of Fiji has intensified into a Tropical Disturbance, TD09F and remains slow moving. It has potential to further intensify
05 Mar 2018 11:34
Low Pressure Intensifies into a Tropical Disturbance, TD09F

A tropical low pressure system that was located to the northwest of Fiji has intensified into a Tropical Disturbance, TD09F and remains slow moving.

It has potential to further intensify and expected to move southwards towards the group and may remain slow moving in the vicinity of Fiji.

Members of the public are advised to take heed of current warnings and alerts and act responsibly.

The communities living in areas prone to floods and landslides are once again reminded to remain alert and take appropriate precautions if necessary.

Moreover, remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously as they are issued.

A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving over Fiji and is expected to continue affecting the group early this week.

Frequent heavy rain and an associated trough of low pressure are expected to spread to the rest of the group from last night and today while strong winds associated with TD09F were anticipated to gradually spread over Yasawa and Mamanuca, Western Viti Levu and Vanua Levu from last night or today.

In anticipation of the TD09F moving southwards, the following alerts and warnings remain in force:

A “Strong Wind Warning” is now in force for the land areas of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Western Viti Levu and Vanua Levu;

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

A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for the Fiji Group; and

A “Flood Alert” remains in force for all low-lying areas and small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Fiji.

As TD09F moves southwards and towards the group, moderate to fresh gusty northerly winds will become strong with average speeds from 40-55km/hr and gusts can be up to 75km per hour.

Occasional rain will be increasing and become frequent and heavy with squally thunderstorms over most places from last night.

Localised very heavy rainfall can be anticipated.

There is a high chance of rainfall exceeding 100mm in 24 hours and with the ground already saturated, the risk of flash flooding and flooding of low-lying areas is very high in the coming days, especially in areas of localised heavy rainfall.

With predicted heavy rainfall, high tide of about two metres and water in the rivers being at medium to high flows, there is an elevated risk of flooding at catchment levels in the coming days.

Mariners can expect northerly winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots.

Expect winds to increase from 25 to 30knots and up to 35 knots with rough seas and poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Gusts may increase to 40knots.

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