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TD07F moves closer

Shayal Devi
Thursday, February 08, 2018

A NUMBER of warnings have been put in place as Tropical Disturbance 07F moves closer to the country.

Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) director Ravind Kumar said TD07F was located about 800 kilometres west-northwest of Nadi at 3pm yesterday.

"It is moving east-southeast at 17km per hour towards the Fiji Group," Mr Kumar said.

"TD07F is expected to continue moving towards Fiji and gradually intensify into a tropical depression within the next 24 hours.

"It may further intensify into a significant tropical depression within the next 24 to 48 hours and may become a Category 1 cyclone in the next 72 hours. Therefore, a chance of TD07F developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 to 72 hours remains high."

By the time the system intensifies, Mr Kumar said TD07F would be located very close to the country.

He said another system, Tropical Depression 08F, was located 80km south-southeast of Ono-i-Lau at 3pm yesterday.

"It is moving eastwards at 7km/hr and expected to continue moving further away from the country. However, the associated active trough of low pressure, cloud and rain continues to affect most parts of the country."

Members of the public can expect periods of rain, heavy at times, and squally thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Lau Group.

Occasional rain can be experienced over Kadavu, Lomaiviti Group, Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, Northern and Western parts of Viti Levu.

Mr Kumar said the chances of flooding remained high as more rain was predicted in the coming days. Communities have been advised to remain prepared and take heed of advisories issued.

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