TD03F Intensifies Into Tropical Cyclone Sarai

At 1am this morning, Tropical Depression TD03F was named Sarai.
27 Dec 2019 10:12
TD03F Intensifies Into Tropical Cyclone Sarai

Tropical Depression TD03F named as TC SARAI.

At 1am this morning, Tropical Depression TD03F was named Sarai.
TC Sarai Category 1 with central pressure 995 hpa was analysed approximately 240km to the northwest of Yasawa-i-Rara at 3am.

Projected Track:
TC Sarai is moving southwards at 35 km/hr and is expected to continue on this path for the next 18 to 24 hours before turning south-eastwards and head for Kadavu later tomorrow.

Intensity Forecast:
TC Sarai is expected to pass to the west of Yasawa-i-Rara at 1pm today while still a Cat 1 system (approximately winds of 70 km/hr winds close to its centre) and is expected to intensify into a Cat 2 system (approximately winds of 100km/hr close its centre) and pass just southwest of Nadi at 1am tomorrow morning.

Threat for Fiji:
The rainbands associated with the system have already come over the group and affected the country as of yesterday. As the system moves closer to Fiji, expect northerly winds to pick up and reach damaging gale force (approximately 65 km/hr with gusts to 90 km/hr) over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Kadavu, Lomaiviti group, Viti Levu and nearby smaller islands from this morning.
The rest of Fiji can expect east to northeasterly winds with average speeds of 45 km/hr and gusts to 80km/hr.
Rain is anticipated to become frequent and heavy with squally thunderstorms whereby localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding of low lying areas. Coastal flooding to be expected when the cyclone centre passes by.

For mariners:
Very rough to high seas with damaging heavy northerly swells.

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