TC Ana: Intensified into a category 2 system
31 January, 2021, 7:13 am
Tropical Cyclone Ana has intensified into a category 2 system over night with sustain winds of about 50 knots (95km/hr) gusting to 70 knots (130 km/hr) near the center along with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over most places.
According to the Fiji MET Office in Nadi, TC Ana center is expected to be tracking east-southeastwards at about 15 km/hr and exiting the central part of Viti Levu (from Nausori to Pacific harbor) from mid-day to late in the afternoon today and heading towards Kadavu.
The weather office says regardless of where the center passes or enter, places around and close to where the center passes such as Yasawa And Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, The Western Half Of Vanua Levu, Lomaiviti Group, Vatulele, Beqa, Kadavu And Nearby Smaller Islands And Moala Group are to expect destructive storm force winds.
Significant damage to trees, weak structures and houses, heavy damage to crops, power failures and small crafts may break moorings due to storms force winds.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue o cause floods to fiji’s roads, villages, towns and communities near streams, rivers and low lying areas.
Expect very high seas and heavy swells with breaking waves reaching the coastal areas that may cause possible coastal inundation and sea flooding especially during high tide.
Poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
For the rest of fiji:
Expect damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 85km/hr and momentary gusts of upto 120km/hr.
Impacts will be minor damages to weak structures, minor damages to houses of very light materials in exposed communities, damages to crops and vegetation with trees tilting due to gales.