A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE LAND AREAS OF EASTERN PARTS OF VANUA LEVU[EAST OF LINE BETWEEN LABASA AND SAVUSAVU], TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS AND LAU GROUP.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE LAND AREAS OF THE LOMAIVITI GROUP, THE WESTERN PARTS OF VANUA LEVU [WEST OF LINE BETWEEN LABASA AND SAVUSAVU] AND THE EASTERN PARTS OF VITI LEVU.

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

SITUATION: TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 09F REMAINS SLOW MOVING OVER NORTHERN LAU GROUP AT 3.00AM. THE ASSOCIATED ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND GALE FORCE WINDS IN THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF THE GROUP.

FOR THE EASTERN HALF OF VANUA LEVU [EAST OF LINE BETWEEN LABASA AND SAVUSAVU], TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS AND LAU GROUP:

DAMAGING GALE FORCE NORTHERLY 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 FEW 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, THE WESTERN HALF OF VANUA LEVU: [WEST OF LINE BETWEEN LABASA AND SAVUSAVU] AND THE INTERIOR AND EASTERN PARTS OF VITI LEVU.

STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WITH AVERAGES SPEEDS OF UP TO 50KM/HR. OCCASIONAL SHOWERS, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. ROUGH SEAS.

FOR THE REST OF THE FIJI GROUP: CLOUDY PERIODS WITH AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. ISOLATED HEAVY FALLS LIKELY. MODERATE TO FRESH SOUTHEAST WINDS. MODERATE SEAS.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:

FOR NORTHERN VANUA LEVU AND LAU WATERS, . EXPECT NORTHERLY WINDS UPTO 35 KNOTS GUSTING TO 50 KNOTS. HIGH SEAS. FOR THE VATU-I-RA AND KADAVU PASSAGES AND KORO SEA:

EXPECT NORTH TO EASTERLY 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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