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Special Weather Bulletin Number ONE for Fiji ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION TD12F

A GALE WARNING IS NOW IN FORCE YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU, KADAVU AND

NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TD12F 1000HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 17.8 SOUTH 173.1 EAST OR

ABOUT 460 KILOMETRES WEST OF NADI AT 9:00 am TODAY. CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE THE

DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS UP TO 45 KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS

TO 80 KM/HR. THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST-SOUTHEAST AT ABOUT 10 KM/HR

AND PASS JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE COUNTRY. TD12F IS INTENSIFYING AND THE POTENTIAL

FOR IT TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE IN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS IS HIGH.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE DEPRESSION CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE GALES OVER

YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU, KADAVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND

LOMAIVITI GROUP IN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

FOR YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU, KADAVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU

AND LOMAIVITI GROUP:

WINDS INCREASING TO STRONG WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 55KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO

80KM/HR IN THE NEXT 6 TO 12 HOURS. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE

FORCE WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 65KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 90KM/HR IN THE NEXT

12 TO 24 HOURS. RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS. FLOODING OF

LOW LYING AREAS. DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS WITH SEA FLOODING OF LOW COASTAL AREAS.

FOR THE REST OF FIJI:

WINDS INCREASING TO STRONG WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 55KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO

80KM/HR IN THE NEXT 6 TO 12 HOURS. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW

SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS. LOCALISED HEAVY FALLS MAY LEAD TO FLOODING OF LOW LYING

AREA.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:

NORTHERLY WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 40 KNOTS. ROUGH SEAS. WINDS FURTHER

INCREASING TO 30 TO 35 KNOTS IN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. VERY ROUGH TO HIGH

SEAS. DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS DEVELOPING.

THE NEXT SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN FOR FIJI ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION WILL BE ISSUED

AT 1PM TODAY OR EARLIER.

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