NEWS

Cyclone Tino: Landfall in North Will Coincide With ‘Astronomical’ High Tide

The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a heavy rain warning for most parts of Fiji and a tropical cyclone alert for Fiji.
17 Jan 2020 09:26
Cyclone Tino: Landfall in North Will Coincide With ‘Astronomical’ High Tide

Flooding brought about by heavy rain and storm surges along the coast of Vanua Levu has been forecasted as what is expected to be a cyclone makes landfall possibly along the Macuata coast.

Commercial weather forecaster Na Draki has predicted tidal surges.

“Landfall near Labasa will coincide with the astronomical high tide meaning storm surge along the coast may be significant,” said the forecaster.

The system is expected to change into a Category One cyclone today according to the Fiji Meteorological Service.

Its director, Misaele Funaki, said TD04F was one step away from becoming a cyclone and when it does it would be named Tropical Cyclone Tino.

Mr Funaki said the anticipation was that the system would make landfall in Vanua Levu, taking a southeast movement, towards the eastern parts of Vanua Levu before it moves out to the Lau and the Lomaiviti Group from Saturday and eventually moving out from Fiji on Sunday.

The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a heavy rain warning for most parts of Fiji and a tropical cyclone alert for Fiji.

Mr Funaki said for the Fiji Group, damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 65 kilometers per hour with momentary gusts to 95km/hr is expected today.
Villagers, residents prepare

for possible cyclone

Residents of Nasekula Village and Naodamu in Labasa were in preparation mode for the possible approaching tropical cyclone.

Learning from TC Ami on January 13, 2003, residents have started putting up shutters and moving to higher ground.

Nasekula Village headman, Ratu Tevita Qomate said villagers had been advised to put up shutters and children were told to refrain from swimming in flooded creeks and rivers.

He said those living along Labasa River had started moving to higher grounds because the river had started to swell.
Loggers advised not to take risks

Logging companies in the North have been advised not to take risks during the prevailing unfavourable weather conditions.

The Ministry of Forestry director operations North, Moape Lotawa, said the Fiji Code of Harvesting Practice, clearly stated not to conduct operations when there was bad weather.

“This is why we keep on advising and encourage companies not to take risks,” he said.

“We understand that this is the first month of the year when companies aim to make good production.

“However, safety should be paramount,” he added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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