Remain prepared for rain, winds

Update: 11:20AM A LOW pressure system is moving closer to Fiji and the Fiji Meteorological Office expects it to bring heavy rain and strong winds as it progresses towards the group.

The system could be upgraded into a disturbance and then a tropical depression as it moves near the country but the weather office said the likelihood of it becoming a tropical cyclone over Fiji remains low to moderate.

A statement from the government last night called on citizens nationwide to remain vigilant and pay attention to all weather warnings.

“It is expected to move towards the group and pass very close to the southwest of Fiji by Sunday,” the weather office said.

Fijians can expect strong north-westerly winds of up to 40km per hour over land while mariners will experience winds of between 20 to 30 knots strong.

Over the northern parts of Vanua Levu, Northern and Western parts of Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, prepare for moderate southeast swells particularly.

“The rest of Fiji is likely to experience the strong winds as the low passes close to Fiji on Sunday,” the weather office said.

“Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remain slow moving over the northern parts of Fiji and is expected to intensify and affect most parts of the Group from tonight.”

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