One to two cyclones expected to affect Fiji in the 2018/2019 season

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Meterological Services Meleti Bainimarama speaking at the launch of the National Disaster Awareness Week at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva today. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

ONE to two tropical cyclones are expected to affect Fiji this cyclone season with one predicted may reach Category 3 or stronger intensity.

According to the Fiji Meteorological Services, an elevated risk of Tropical Cyclones for the northern and eastern parts of the country while seven to nine Tropical Cyclones are expected in the Pacific Island region, with the forecasted geographical spread covering Solomon Islands to French Polynesia.

Presenting Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the 2018 and 2019 Season, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama said while the tropical cyclone season was normally from November to April, the current season has already seen a tropical cyclone forming near Solomon Islands in September this year.

“We therefore, advise all communities to remain alert and prepared throughout the 2018-2019 Tropical Cyclone Season and in particular; to take heed of alerts, warnings and advisories issued by both the Fiji Meteorological Services and the National Disaster Management Office,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“As responsible individuals; we must always be proactive and take the initiative to improve our knowledge and understanding of the symptoms of risks.

“This should raise our level of community resilience towards various natural hazards that are likely to occur within our surroundings.”

Mr Bainimarama said the National Disaster Awareness Week that was launched this morning marked the beginning of Fiji’s preparedness for the 2018/2019 Cyclone Season.