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More rain and cyclone forecast

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A TROPICAL depression was located northwest of Labasa yesterday.

And the government has pleaded with the public to closely monitor the weather.

Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said the weather forecasts indicated the possibility of a tropical cyclone developing this weekend.

"It's important during our cyclone season that the public need to be well prepared and proactive," Ms Smith-Johns said.

"The advice that we are giving this week is to keep a close eye on the weather forecast as it is quite complex over the next few days with both rain and sunshine expected before the weekend."

Ms Smith-Johns said all necessary precautions should be taken into account considering the country was in the cyclone period.

She has urged the public to take heed of media advisories and ensure that all measures were taken to avoid any damage of property or loss of lives.

"While we don't want to alarm the public, everyone needs to take heed of all warnings and not to be complacent," Ms Smith-Johns said.

The tropical depression is expected to bring in more rain as it gradually moves south eastwards of Labasa.

Island Ltd director Jim Bandy, who lives near Udu Point, said the weather kept changing in the area.

"It rains a lot and then the sun shines after it rains. The sea is a bit rough but no strong winds yet," he said.