TC Keni: Cyclone warning remains for Lau group

Update: 8:53PM A TROPICAL cyclone warning remains in force for Southern Viti Levu, Vatulele, Beqa, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Moala group, and Southern Lau.

And in its special bulletin number 22 issued by the RSMC at 8.19pm, it also maintained the hurricane warning in force for Ono-i-Lau.

It also confirmed that the storm warning remained in force for Matuku and Totoya in Lau.

And the gale warning issued for Southern Viti Levu, Vatulele, Beqa, Lomaiviti group and the rest of the Southern Lau group also remained in force.

Meanwhile, Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni centre 978HPA category 3 was located about 110km Southeast of Kadavu and 80km Southwest of Matuku at 6pm.

Close to its centre, the cyclone is expected to have average winds up to 120km/hr with momentary gusts to 165km/hr.

The RSMC confirmed that STC Keni was moving East-southeast at about 39km/hr.

On this track, the cyclone centre is expected to be located about 60km South of Ono-i-Lau at 6am tomorrow, and about 51km West-southwest of Matuku or about 360km South-southeast of Ono-i-Lau at 6pm tomorrow.

Ono-i-Lau:

The weatherman forecasts very destructive hurricane force winds with average speed of 120km/hr and momentary gusts to 170km/hr.

There will be periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms, flooding, including sea flooding of low-lying areas.

Damaging heavy swells is also forecast with storm surge of more than 3m could be expected over coastal areas.

Matuku and Totoya:

Destructive storm force winds are forecast with an average speed of 100km/hr and momentary gusts to 140km/hr.

Winds gradually easing to damaging gale force with an average speed of 80km/hr and momentary gusts to 110km/hr from tonight.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms, and rain gradually easing from later tonight.

Villagers must expect flooding, including sea flooding of low-lying areas.

It has also forecast damaging heavy swells with storm surge of more than 2m to be expected over coastal areas.

Southern Viti Levu, Lomaiviti group, Moala, Vatulele, Beqa and the rest of Southern Lau:

Expect damaging gale force with an average speed of 80km/hr and momentary gusts to 110km/hr.

Winds gradually easing from later tonight over Southern Lau and Lomaiviti group.

Villagers must also expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms, rain gradually easing tomorrow, flooding including sea flooding of low-lying areas, and damaging swells.

Rest of Fiji:

The weatherman has forecast strong Northwesterly winds with average speed of 50km/hr and momentary gusts to 80km/hr.

Heavy rain and squally thunderstorms, rain easing tomorrow, flooding including sea flooding of low-lying areas likely.

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