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Caution: Lusi forms

Dawn Gibson And Shayal Devi
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE Nadi weather office is monitoring the weather as a tropical depression TD18F has developed into a tropical cyclone and is slow moving over northern Vanuatu.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua said Tropical Cyclone Lusi was travelling southeast and parts of the Western Division and Kadavu may experience some associated heavy showers and gale winds from tonight.

"An associated trough still lies over Fiji. If Tropical Cyclone Lusi does move towards Fiji, then we can experience active rain bands over the Western Division and Kadavu," he said.

"It is still moving over northern Vanuatu and we will be assessing the situation."

He said people should practise precaution as associated showers might be very heavy at times.

"We are anticipating cloud band formation and heavy rain by today."

Mr Waqaicelua said they would be assessing the situation before issuing a special weather bulletin.

The centre is located about 1200km West-Northwest of Nadi or about 430km North-Northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu," Mr Waqaicelua told this newspaper yesterday.

"TC Lusi is a category one cyclone, with central pressure of 995hPa and winds of 35 knots close to the centre.

"The cyclone is intensifying and anticipated to become a category two cyclone later tomorrow (today)."

According to the director, the cyclone is slow-moving over the Northern parts of Vanuatu, but was anticipated to take an East-Southeast track from last night.

"At this stage, if this happens, the centre of the cyclone is anticipated to pass within 300 miles or so to the west of Nadi through Wednesday and Thursday. Additionally, this will bring active rain bands with strong and gusty winds and heavy rain to the Western Division and Kadavu from later tomorrow (today)," he added.

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