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Weather alert

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A TROPICAL depression to the far NorthWest of Fiji has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone by Thursday, says the Fiji Meteorological Service.

However, the Nadi weather office says of immediate concern are those living in low lying areas.

"On whether the tropical disturbance could develop into a cyclone, we are not certain at this stage, however, we can confidently say that people can expect strong winds and rainfall that are associated with this system from tomorrow (today)," the duty forecaster explained.

"There is a chance of flash flooding occurring in low lying areas."

The FMS issued a strong wind warning for land areas in the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands and the Western half of Viti Levu. The tropical depression to the North of the group is expected to develop to the West of Fiji and gradually move towards the group from today. Associated active rain and cloud bands are expected to affect the country from this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the managing director and CEO of Port Denarau in Nadi Nigel Skeggs, said a level one alert has been issued to all boat owners and operators.

"We are closely monitoring the depression that is likely to affect us," he said.

"People are taking down sails and preparing their boats.

"We are updating people several times a day in regards to the weather forecast and will issue appropriate warnings if and when there is a need to evacuate the marina."