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Alert off, standby on

Salaseini Moceiwai And Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 27, 2013

A STANDBY team has been set up by the Commissioner Northern's Office to monitor the weather situation in the next 24 hours.

This as the national weather office downgraded its alert for the low depression which it had issued on Christmas Day.

The Fiji Meteorological Service cancelled its special weather bulletin for the Northern Division yesterday.

But it said the tropical disturbance to the Northwest of the Fiji group remained slow moving and did not pose any threat to Fiji at this time.

"The special weather alert for the North has been cancelled because we do not expect rainfall to cross the 100mm per day threshold," duty forecasters at the Nadi weather office said.

The Western Division can expect afternoon showers.

A strong wind warning, however, remains in force for all Fiji waters with gusts of 20-25 knot easterlies expected.

Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said the team was to have been activated last night.

"We are anticipating a tropical depression to hit Vanua Levu and the team consisting of the provincial administrator Macuata, field officials and other relevant people will be on the look out.

"The team is on standby to monitor the situation on the ground should the depression hit."

A Fiji Weather Forecast link early this week, said a possible cyclone was expected to hit Fiji on Saturday.

The link stated that the cyclone was currently forecasted to hit Vanua Levu by Saturday midnight but it could change course and head more South to hit Viti Levu.