Two tropical cyclones expected this season

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

FIJIANS have been advised to brace themselves for two tropical cyclones that have been predicted to hit Fiji within the period of November to April next year.

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama said the two cyclones were predicted to be Category 3 cyclones or even stronger.

He said the Fiji Meteorological Service further predicted an elevated risk of tropical cyclones for the northern and eastern parts of the country, while seven to nine tropical cyclones were expected to hit the region covering Solomon Islands and French Polynesia.

“While the tropical cyclone season is normally from next month, November, to April next year, the current season has already seen a tropical cyclone forming near Solomon Islands in September this year,” he said.

“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 Service and the National Disaster Management Office.”

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