TROPICAL Cyclone Lusi has gained speed and is now moving east southeast at 16 kilometres per hour. And strong winds will be a cause for worry as TC Lusi nears the country.
Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua said the centre of TC Lusi was located about 650km west of Nadi at 3pm yesterday.
He said a tropical cyclone and strong wind warning remained in place for western Viti Levu, Kadavu, the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups and nearby smaller islands.
"It is moving east southeast and is currently a category two tropical cyclone with the central pressure of 975hPa and 10 minute sustained winds of 110km per hour close to the centre," he said.
As TC Lusi moves closer to the group, members of the public are urged to prepare themselves for the strong winds.
"The cyclone is intensifying and on its projected path, Lusi is expected to pass within 400km to the west of Nadi through Thursday.
"Active rainbands associated with the cyclone are expected to bring damaging gale force winds, heavy rain and squally thunderstorms to the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, the Western Division — west of a line from Tavua to Sigatoka — Kadavu and nearby smaller islands."
Mr Waqaicelua said mariners should be cautious as seas would be very rough with high and damaging heavy northwesterly swells.
"Flooding, including sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas is a possibility and for the rest of Fiji, strong and gusty north to northwest winds can be expected."