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TC Lusi to intensify

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TROPICAL Cyclone Lusi is expected to intensify to a hurricane today, says Fiji Meteorology Services director Alipate Waqaicelua.

Mr Waqaicelua said TC Lusi's centre was located about 980 kilometres West of Nadi at 3pm yesterday.

"It is moving Southeast at about 10 knots in the last three hours," he said.

"TC Lusi is currently a category two tropical cyclone with the central pressure of 985hPa and 10 minute sustained winds of 90km per hour close to the centre.

"Damaging gale force winds currently extend to about 280km of the centre, especially in the northern semi-circle. The cyclone is intensifying and expected to reach category three hurricane by today."

Mr Waqaicelua said on its projected path, TC Lusi was expected to pass within 300km to 500km to the West of Nadi through the later part of today continuing into tomorrow.

He also said active rain bands associated with TC Lusi were expected to bring strong and gusty winds, possibly increasing to damaging gale force and heavy rain with squally thunderstorms, especially to the Western Division, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands from later today.

"Seas would be very rough, possibly becoming high in these areas with damaging heavy North-westerly swells.

"Flooding, including sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas facing the Northwest is possible.

"For the rest of Fiji, strong North to Northwest winds is expected. There will be periods of rain heavy at times with squally thunderstorms with rough to very rough seas with moderate to heavy North-westerly swells."

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