GALE WARNING A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE LAND AREAS OF VANUA BALAVU, MAGO, TUVUCA, CICIA, NAYAU, LAKEBA, VANUA VATU, MOCE, VATOA, KABARA, FULAGA, ONEATA AND ONO-I-LAU.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE LAND AREAS OF THE LOMAIVITI GROUP, MOALA GROUP AND WESTERN PARTS OF VANUA LEVU [DREKETI THROUGH TO LABASA TO UDU POINT].

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LOMAIVITI AND THE LAU GROUP.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 09F CENTRE [996HPA] WAS LOCATED ABOUT 19.3S 179.4W OR ABOUT 60KM SOUTHWEST OF KABARA OR ABOUT 170KM NORTH-NORTHWEST OF ONO-I-LAU AT MIDDAY TODAY.

CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS OF ABOUT 55KM/HR WITH GUST TO ABOUT 80KM/HR.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARDS THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 28KM/HR , AND THE CENTRE SHOULD PASS CLOSE TO ONO-I-LAU LATE AFTERNOON TODAY. FOR VANUA BALAVU, MAGO, TUVUCA, CICIA, NAYAU, LAKEBA, VANUA VATU, MOCE, VATOA, KABARA, FULAGA, ONEATA AND ONO-I-LAU:

DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGES SPEEDS OF UPTO 65KM/HR WITH GUSTS UP TO 90KM/HR. THIS CAN CAUSE DAMAGES TO WEAK STRUCTURES AND HOUSES OF VERY LIGHT MATERIALS, CROPS AND VEGETATIONS. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.

FLOODING OF ROADS, VILLAGES AND COMMUNITIES NEAR STREAMS, MAJOR RIVERS AND LOW LYING AREAS LIKELY. VERY ROUGH TO HIGH SEAS.

MODERATE SWELLS AND BREAKING WAVES REACHING THE COASTAL AREAS MAY CAUSE POSSIBLE COASTAL INUNDATION AND SEA FLOODING ESPECIALLY DURING HIGH TIDE.

SEA CONDITIONS TOO DANGEROUS FOR SEA TRAVEL, SAILING AND OTHER SEA ACTIVITIES. FOR LOMAIVITI GROUP, MOALA GROUP AND WESTERN PARTS OF VANUA LEVU [DREKETI THROUGH TO LABASA TO UDU POINT]: STRONG SOUTHWEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS WITH AVERAGES SPEEDS OF UP TO 50KM/HR.

OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. ROUGH SEAS. FOR THE REST OF THE FIJI GROUP:

OCCASIONAL SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED HEAVY FALLS AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. MODERATE TO FRESH SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS. MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:

FOR LAU WATERS: EXPECT CLOCKWISE WINDS UPTO 35 KNOTS GUSTING TO 50 KNOTS. HIGH SEAS.

FOR NORTHERN VANUA LEVU WATERS, KORO SEA, THE VATU-I-RA AND KADAVU PASSAGES: EXPECT SOUTHWEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS UPTO 30 KNOTS GUSTING TO 45 KNOTS. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS.

FOR THE REST OF FIJI WATERS: EXPECT SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS.

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