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TD09F 'no direct threat'

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

TROPICAL Disturbance 09F, which intensified into a tropical depression on Monday evening, poses no direct threat to Fiji, says Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar.

He said TD09F was located about 325 kilometres northeast of Port Vila at 3pm yesterday and was moving west towards Central Vanuatu at 9 kilometres per hour.

"It is expected to further intensify and has a moderate to high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours," he said. Despite the system moving away from the Fiji Group, Mr Kumar said some warnings and alerts were still in force for Fiji. A heavy rain warning was in force for Rotuma, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, northern Lau Group and Yasawa and Mamanuca groups.

A flood alert remained in force for all low-lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Vanua Levu and Taveuni while a strong wind warning is in place for land areas of the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups. There was also a strong wind warning for all Fiji and Rotuma waters. Mr Kumar warned that people could also expect strong northerly wind with average speeds of 45km/hr gusting to 60km/hr over the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups while moderate to fresh wind, gusty at times elsewhere. Strong wind is expected to ease by today.

"Expect occasional rain, heavy at times, with few squally thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, northern Lau Group and Mamanuca Group with rain gradually easing to showers from tonight (yesterday).

"Elsewhere, some showers with heavy falls likely, especially in the afternoon or evening, can be anticipated.

"For the rest of the Fiji Group, expect cloudy periods with some showers with heavy falls and thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. Localised heavy falls may lead to flash flooding and flooding of low-lying areas."

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