TC Harold forecasted to intensify further

Up to 35 knots of wind is expected at the centre of TC Harold. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI MET

The Fiji Meteorological Service will continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Harold as it is forecasted to become a Category 3 system when it approaches Vanuatu by tomorrow.

Yesterday, TC Harold had intensified to a Category 2 system, with winds of up to 160kph, as it made its way between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

“For today, a trough of low pressure is expected to lie over Fiji,” said meteorologist Vinal Prakash.

“With this, occasional showers and few thunderstorms with heavy falls are expected over most places.”

Areas affected will be Yasawa and the Mamanuca groups, western half and interior of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands and the Southern Lau group.

“Isolated heavy falls expected. Localised heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low lying areas.”

Mr Prakash said showers would become frequent and heavy from next week.

TC Harold is forecasted to move to the far South of Fiji by Wednesday and poses no direct threat to the mainlands.

 

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