TD04F: System expected to become a tropical cyclone on Wednesday afternoon
13 January, 2020, 6:18 pm
MEMBERS of the public are advised to remain alert, vigilant and take weather warnings and advisories from relevant authorities seriously when issued and remain prepared at all times.
The weather bulletin issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service this afternoon says tropical disturbance TD04F was analysed approximately 1670kmto the far northwest of Fiji or 760km west-northwest of Port Vila.
TD04F is slow moving and is anticipated to make a southeast movement.
The potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours is low to moderate, becoming high thereafter.
TD04F is expected to continue intensifying and become a tropical cyclone on Wednesday afternoon.
Once named, it will be called Tropical Cyclone Tino.
The system is anticipated to enter Fiji waters on Friday.
As the system moves closer towards the group, the onset of gale to destructive force winds is expected as early as Thursday night especially over the Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.
The situation is closely monitored and any alert and warning will be issued as and when significant changes are anticipated.
For more details and latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj