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Warning cancelled

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, March 02, 2014

THE heavy rain warning in place for Vanua Levu and Taveuni has been cancelled.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua said tropical depression 15F was located 130 kilometres East of the Lau Group yesterday morning, gradually moving away from the Fiji Group.

Mr Waqaicelua said the associated trough of low pressure was still sitting on the Fiji Group.

"Associated active cloud and rain bands will continue to affect the group," he said.

"The tropical depression was located East of the Lau Group at 10am today (yesterday) and associated rains are expected to affect the Lau Group, Lomaiviti Group and eastern parts of Viti Levu .

"The associated rains are expected to ease out by tonight (yesterday)."

Mr Waqaicelua said strong clockwise winds with average speed of 45 to 55 kilometres per hour and momentary gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour were expected over the Lau and Lomaiviti groups with very rough seas.

"Elsewhere we should expect moderate to fresh southeast to southwest winds which may be gusty at times with rough to very rough seas.

"Therefore, our warning for open punt operators still stands and they should refrain from travelling in open boats such as fibreglass vessels during this period.

"The forecast to midnight tomorrow (today) for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Kadavu and eastern Viti Levu is periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms as rain in these areas is expected to ease from tonight (yesterday)."

He said the rest of the group should expect a few occasional showers and few thunderstorms.

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