Harold heads for Fiji waters

Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold track map. PICTURE: FIJI MET/SUPPLIED

Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold is expected to enter into Fiji waters from later tonight.

According to the Nadi Meteorological Service, STC Harold is a Category 4 system and is expected to be located approximately 350km west of Nadi or about 450km northwest of Kadavu by midnight tonight.

The cyclone has sustained winds of 185km per hour and momentary gusts extending to 260km per hour.

According to the weather office, by midday tomorrow (Wednesday), STC Harold is expected to be located approximately 70km southwest of Kadavu or about 430km west-northwest of Ono-i-Lau.

As it continues to move in that direction, it is expected to pass just towards the south of Kadavu tomorrow before the Southern Lau Group.

The weather office says even though the centre of STC Harold is expected to pass just to the south of Kadavu, the severe weather associated with the cyclone will be experienced over various parts of Fiji.

The severe weather pattern is expected to start from later tonight and will extend right through to Thursday morning.

The following warnings are in force:

  • A hurricane warning remains in force for Kadavu and Ono-I-Lau;
  • A storm warning remains in force for Vatulele, Southern parts of Viti Levu (from Momi, through the Coral Coast and onto Pacifi Harbour);
  • A gale warning remains in force for Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca groups and the rest of Southern Lau including Lakeba and Cicia;
  • A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Fiji;
  • A heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji and
  • A flash flood alert is now in force for all low-lying areas and flood prone areas in Fiji

 

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