Weather watch: Heavy rain alert in force for Vanua Levu

A heavy rain alert remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and is now in force for northern Lau group. Picture: SUPPLIED

A HEAVY rain alert remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, and the same is now in force for northern Lau group.

The weather bulletin issued this morning from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi also maintained the strong wind warning in force for the land areas of eastern Vanua Levu.

The bulletin says Tropical Depression TD12F lies over Rotuma and is gradually moving East-Southeast at about 9km/hr.

The associated trough of low pressure with cloud and rain affects the northern parts of the group.

The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group, expect Southeast winds with an average speed of up to 50 km/hr over the eastern parts of Vanua Levu.

There will be occasional rain with isolated heavy falls and few thunderstorms for northern Lau group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and nearby smaller islands.

And moderate to fresh Southeast winds elsewhere with winds gusty at times.

Rain is expected to become heavy and frequent from later tonight.

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