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Tropical Cyclone Ruby Continues To Move Southeast While The Heavy Rain Alert Remains

Meanwhile, an active convergence zone approaches the group from the west. Associated cloud and rain expected to affect parts of the group from later today. Hence, a Heavy Rain Alert that was issued yesterday afternoon remains in force for the western, northern and interior parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group.
15 Dec 2021 13:00
Tropical Cyclone Ruby Continues To Move Southeast While The Heavy Rain Alert Remains
Satellite image showing the location of Tropical Cyclone Ruby (Category 1) at 10.30am today.

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Ruby moved away from New Caledonia around 12am early this morning.

As of 6am today, TC Ruby weakened from a category 2 to a category 1 system while continuing to move towards the southeast.

At around midday today, TC Ruby has moved out of the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC)- Nadi Area of Responsibility (AoR).

Henceforth, the Meteorological Service of New Zealand will be taking over the monitoring and warning responsibilities.

 

As it moves towards the southeast, TC Ruby is expected to transition into a subtropical low in the next 6 to 12 hours while moving into cooler waters.

Meanwhile, an active convergence zone approaches the group from the west. Associated cloud and rain expected to affect parts of the group from later today.

Hence, a Heavy Rain Alert that was issued yesterday afternoon remains in force for the western, northern and interior parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group.

 

Mean Sea Level Analysis Map that was issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service National Weather Forecasting Centre at 9am today.

Mean Sea Level Analysis Map that was issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service National Weather Forecasting Centre at 9am today.

For Western, Northern And Interior Parts Of Viti Levu, Yasawa And Mamanuca Group:

Cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms today.

Rain developing later today.

Tomorrow, expect occasional rain and thunderstorms.

Rain becoming frequent and heavy from Friday.

 

For Northern And Western Vanua Levu And Kadavu:
Cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms today.

Tomorrow, expect occasional showers and thunderstorms.

Rain developing later in the day.

 

These Anticipated Weather Conditions May Cause:
1. Flash flooding of low lying and flood prone areas during persistent localised heavy falls

2. Flooding of small rivers, creeks and crossings

3. Poor visibility on roads in areas of heavy rain for motorists

4. Reduced visibility at sea.

5. Strong wind gusts that can blow away temporary sheds and tents; and

6. Lightning strikes in areas of thunderstorms that could be fatal. Members of the public are therefore advised not to shelter under trees, not to play in open grounds and refrain from fishing over open waters during thunderstorms.

 

For more information and clarification: please contact the Acting Director of Meteorology, Mr. Terry Atalifo on (679) 9905379 or via email at terry.atalifo@met.gov.fj.

Issued at 12.50pm Wednesday, 15 December 2021

 

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