NEWS

Possible Tropical Cyclone To Develop From Thursday

A trough of low pressure which lies slow moving over the group has the potential to bring severe weather over the group starting yesterday.
26 Jan 2021 09:53
Possible Tropical Cyclone To Develop From Thursday

There is a high possibility that a tropical cyclone will form over waters between Vanuatu and Fiji from Thursday, said the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) yesterday.

At the moment a heavy rain warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Lomaiviti Group while a heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of the Fiji Group.

A trough of low pressure which lies slow moving over the group has the potential to bring severe weather over the group starting yesterday.

The FMS said a number of lows were analysed yesterday over the region with the most significant low being TD04F which was located just northwest of New Caledonia. A second low was analysed west of Nadi.

“Environment is favourable for tropical cyclone formation in our region, but the lows analysed over this area are currently not so well organised, therefore the potential for them to develop into a tropical cyclone over the next 24 to 48 hours is low,” the FMS said in a statement.

“However, there is high potential for one of these lows to move south over waters between Vanuatu and Fiji and develop into a tropical cyclone from Thursday onwards.”

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecasted and are a risk over the Fiji Group, especially over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group. 

The weather office said heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low lying and flood prone areas. 

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