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Cyclone alert

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A TROPICAL disturbance located between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu is moving slowly towards Fiji and is expected to turn into a cyclone.

This was confirmed by Department of Meteorology director Alipate Waqaicelua yesterday.

In a statement, Mr Waqaicelua said the weather band was expected to affect the Fiji group within 24 to 48 hours.

"We have experienced the changes in weather patterns from what we have gone through for the last six months but, yes, that is what was expected," Mr Waqaicelua said.

He said they expected the trough of low pressure, which was moving slowly from the north east to north west of the Fiji group, to turn into a cyclone.

The weather office stated that on many occasions Fiji would anticipate weather patterns to approach the group from the north east and north west within six months during this season from November to April.

The Nadi weather office has identified a zone where weather patterns are developed and it is in the northern part of Fiji which is now known as the Pacific Convergence Zone.

This is where bands of clouds, rain and cyclones meet and move on from there.

Meanwhile, people have been advised to take heed of these tropical disturbance alerts and prepare well by taking precautionary measures.

Provincial Development and Disaster Management acting permanent secretary Filipe Alivereti has been engaged in talks with commissioners from the four divisions and advised them of the impending weather situation.

The National Disaster Management Office is on alert and awaiting further advise from the Fiji Meteorological Services.