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Gita moving away

Shayal Devi
Thursday, February 15, 2018

TROPICAL Cyclone Gita intensified into a Category 5 system yesterday morning, says Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar.

However, he said the storm which was located about 235km south of Kadavu at 3pm yesterday was moving westward away from the Fiji Group at 17 kilometres per hour.

"On the current track, TC Gita is expected to be located approximately 380km south-west of Kadavu at 2am (today) and about 545km south-west of Kadavu at 2pm tomorrow (today)," he said.

He said a gale warning remained in force for Kadavu and nearby smaller islands while a strong wind warning was still in place for the rest of Fiji.

Members of the public can also expect periods of rain, heavy at times, and squally thunderstorms.

Mr Kumar warned that people living along coastlines could experience sea flooding because damaging heavy swells caused by the storm.

He said TC Gita was expected to maintain its Category 5 intensity, but this would change in the coming days.

"It's not going to maintain the same intensity, it's going to weaken," Mr Kumar said.

"All this while it has been tracking west, but from the next 12 to 18 hours it will gradually start moving south-westwards."

Mariners have been advised to take heed of the weather warnings.

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