NEWS

“Tropical Cyclone Alert” Remains In Force For Rotuma

TD04F is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical depression by 12am tomorrow and expected to further intensify into a category 1 cyclone by Thursday evening.
15 Jan 2020 11:20
“Tropical Cyclone Alert” Remains In Force For Rotuma

A “Tropical Cyclone Alert” remains in force for Rotuma.

A “Heavy Rain Alert” remains in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, Lomaiviti Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and northern Lau Group.

Situation:
Tropical Disturbance TD04F was located near 12.6 south latitude, 168.8 east longitude or about 980km west of Rotuma at 6am today.

Close to its centre TD04F is expected to have average winds of up to 40km/hr with momentary gusts to 60 km/hr.

TD04F is moving east-northeast at about 7 km/hr.

TD04F is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical depression by 12am tomorrow and expected to further intensify into a category 1 cyclone by Thursday evening.

Forecast Track:
TD04F is expected to move eastwards at about 10 km/hr towards Rotuma in the next 24 to 48 hours. On this track the centre is expected to be located about 610km west of Rotuma at 6pm today and about 160km south-southwest of Rotuma at 6am tomorrow.

Threat for Fiji and Rotuma:

For Rotuma: expect moderate to fresh northeast winds.

Winds expected to become strong with average speeds of 45 km/hr with momentary gusts to 65 km/hr from Thursday afternoon and further increase to damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 65 km/hr and momentary gusts to 95 km/hr from Thursday night. Periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms.

For Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, Lomaiviti Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and northern Lau Group:

Occasional showers. Isolated heavy falls expected and thunderstorms expected especially in the afternoon or evening. Showers expected to increase to rain and become frequent and heavy with squally thunderstorms from later today.

Sea flooding should be expected along coastal areas especially during high tides on the onset of gale force winds.

Mariners:
The following information is provided especially for the mariners: Expect northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. rough seas.

Moderate to heavy northwesterly swells.

Winds expected to further increase up to 35 knots from Thursday with very rough to high seas and damaging northwesterly swells.

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