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Weather watch: Rain and flood alert still in force

Monday, February 05, 2018

Update: 2:22PM THE heavy rain and flash floods warning in force for most of Fiji remain in place, the latest weather bulletin issued this past hour confirms.

In its 1.30pm special weather bulletin, Fiji Meteorological Service said the warning for western and northern Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau group, Yasawa group, Mamanuca group, Kadavu and its nearby smaller islands remain in force.

"A heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji," the bulletin said.

"Localised heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low-lying areas."

The situation causing heavy rain is Tropical Disturbance TD08F with an associated active trough of low pressure moving slowly over the Fiji group.

"Associated cloud and rain affect the country," the weather office said.

The forecast for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Lau is for periods of heavy rain with a few thunderstorms.

Northerly winds of between 40km and 50km should be expected with gusts of up to 65km per hour.

The next special weather bulletin will be issued at 4.30pm.

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