Another low pressure nears Fiji, says weather office

AS Tropical Cyclone Josie moves away from the Fiji Group, the Fiji Meteorological Service says it is monitoring another trough of low pressure which lies to the north of Fiji.

The system is expected to drift over the Fiji Group as TC Josie moves south eastwards.

Members of the public are advised to heed advisories and take alerts and warnings seriously.

In the meantime, Kadavu, Matuku and Ono-i-Lau can still expect damaging gale force winds from TC Josie.

Strong winds and heavy rain warnings are in place for the entire Fiji Group.

Road update

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) says both the Queens and Kings roads are open while a number of roads remain closed in the Western, Central and Northern divisions.

Motorists have been advised to slow down and be aware of debris on the roads.

“Flood affected areas may have changed the road surface in some places, so expect an increase in the number of potholes,” FRA said in a statement.

“FRA contractors will be carrying out remedial work as soon as the weather clears up.

“Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution during this time.”

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) said the situation remained unchanged as teams were assessing the situation.

WAF said water carting was continuing and priority areas remained such as evacuation centres and hospitals.

Evacuation update

There are 1869 people seeking shelter at evacuation centres activated in the Western Division.

The centres are available until today, but the length of their stay will be dependent on the weather.

National Disaster Management Office director Anare Leweniqila said the NDMO had distributed food supplies to the evacuees to last them for two days beginning from yesterday morning.

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