Cyclone Might Affect Us This Week

There will be strong winds felt by Yasawa and west of Fiji towards midweek.
14 Dec 2020 10:40
Cyclone Might Affect Us This Week
Strong wind warning map at 10.45am on 13th December, 2020. Source Fiji Meteorological Service

Fiji could be caught by the impacts of a cyclone in the middle of the week, according to weather map information and predictions from forecasters.

“It will be in open waters to the far northwest of the Yasawa Island group. Forecasts indicate that the southward movement will be slow as its path poleward toward the south is blocked by the strong high pressure system to our south,” reported Na Draki.

“TD02F may even become quasi stationary tomorrow (today) and Tuesday before eventually accelerating on a south-southeast track.

“On this path, it is predicted that the centre of this system will likely pass about 500km or so west of Nadi on Thursday evening, by which time it will most likely be a severe (category 3 or stronger) tropical cyclone.”

Until then, most of Fiji will experience hot and humid conditions with passing showers.

There will be strong winds felt by Yasawa and west of Fiji towards midweek.

There is also a forecast of heavy rain from Wednesday which could eventuate in floods.

Meanwhile tropical depression 03F lies east of Fiji towards Samoa. There is high indication that this system could also develop into a storm.

The Fiji Meteorological Services said TD02F was the system of concern.

“It’s going to hang around  the waters between Vanuatu and Fiji for the next few days. That’s Monday, Tuesday and most probably Wednesday it will start to track to the south-west of us,” said meteorology director Teri Atalifo.

“I think by then we are looking at a hurricane by most probably then a category three or category four then it will track to the south-west of Fiji.”

The National Disaster Management Office said they were keeping a track of the development.

The Fijian Government has issued an advisory for the general public to stay prepared and keep updated with the latest news on the weather.





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