Expect damaging swells this weekend

MARINERS and coastal communities should expect damaging swells over the weekend.


This is after the Fiji Meteorological Services issued an alert for low lying coastal areas in Kadavu, Vatulele, Southern Lau, Mamanuca Groups, and Southern and Western Viti Levu.

FMS director Ravin Kumar said a low pressure system to the south of Fiji and a high pressure advancing over Tasman Sea is generating and directing moderate to heavy damaging swells towards the Group.

“The swells are expected to become damaging from Saturday as they travel northwards from the Tasman Sea towards the Group,” he said.

“All communities living near the coasts and other sea users, particularly in Kadavu, Vatulele, Southern Lau and Mamanuca Groups, Southern and Western Viti Levu are advised to be vigilant and to exercise extreme caution for occasional sea flooding especially Sunday evening and Monday morning during high tides.”

He said wave conditions could be risky for mariners such as fishing and sea transportation on coastal reefs especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

“Similarly for those using Queens Road along Coral Coast should remain alert for occasional over wash of roads during high tides this weekend.

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