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Met office gives assurance

Dawn Gibson And Nasik Swami
Sunday, January 12, 2014

FIJI residents are being assured not to worry about weather changes, as the Fiji Group will not be affected by Tropical Cyclone Ian.

This was confirmed yesterday afternoon by acting the director of the Nadi Weather Office, Aminiasi Tuidraki.

Mr Tuidraki said the cyclone was in fact moving away from the country.

"The cyclone is right over Southern Tonga right now, it's a category four cyclone and is moving south east — basically moving very far away from Fiji," Mr Tuidraki explained.

"It's maintaining its track and should be out of our area by Monday but for Fiji it's only the strong wind warning that we are maintaining for the Lau waters.

"Although it's a small cyclone, the structure has a lot of associated winds and for Lau, because of the surge of the wind, it's pushing the waters," Mr Tuidraki said.

Yesterday, there was a strong wind warning for the Koro Sea and the Lau waters.

"The strong wind warning is about 25 knots and above. Maybe tomorrow afternoon (this afternoon) the wind will ease," Mr Tuidraki said.

"Mariners are to stay away from the sea."

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