NEWS

Tropical Disturbance TD04F Upgraded To A Tropical Depression

Tropical disturbance TD04F was upgraded to a tropical depression at 6am this morning and lies to the northwest of New Caledonia.
27 Jan 2021 12:42
Tropical Disturbance TD04F Upgraded To A Tropical Depression

A Heavy Rain Warning is in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau group.

A Flash Flood Alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to rivers and streams for northern Vanua Levu; from Labasa to Udu Point, Udu Point to Vaturova, Natewa to Tunuloa District and low lying areas adjacent to Nabouwalu.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for land areas of eastern half of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, the Lau group and Rotuma.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for Kadavu Passage, Lau and northern Vanua Levu waters and Rotuma Waters.

There’s potential for severe weather to affect the Fiji Group in the coming days as a tropical cyclone is likely to form over waters between Fiji and Vanuatu.

Tropical disturbance TD04F was upgraded to a tropical depression at 6am this morning and lies to the northwest of New Caledonia.

The low located to the east of Vanuatu was upgraded to a tropical disturbance TD05F at 9pm last night and further intensified to a depression at 6am this morning.

There is a high potential for one of these two systems to develop into a tropical cyclone over waters between Fiji and Vanuatu from later this week.

Meanwhile, another low pressure system is located over the Lau Group.

The associated trough remains slow moving over the northern parts of the Fiji Group. It is expected to gradually drift south and affect the rest of the group from tomorrow.

Heavy rain and thunderstorm is expected over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau group from tonight and gradually spread to the rest of the group from later tomorrow.

This poses the risk of flash flooding of low lying and flood prone areas during persistent localised heavy falls. There’s also risk of flooding of small rivers, creeks and roads.

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Motorists are advised of poor visibility on roads in areas of heavy rain.

Fresh to strong northerly winds with average speed of 55km/hr from tonight over the eastern half of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau group. Elsewhere, moderate to fresh northwest to southeast winds, gusty at times.

Winds of these strength may sway big trees and cause loose objects to fly. Seafarers are warned of rough to very rough seas, moderate northerly swells and poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The current situation is closely monitored. Members of the public are advised to remain updated
with the latest weather information.

For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.

You can also visit the Fiji Meteorological Service official Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for latest updates.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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