A Hurricane Warning remains in force for Yasawa Group, northern and eastern half of Viti Levu, Yadua, Galoa, Kia, Mali, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Matuku, Moala, Totoya and Lomaiviti Group.

A Storm Warning remains force for Mamanuca Group, the rest of Vitilevu, Cikobia and the rest of Lau Group.

A Gale Warning remains force for Rotuma, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

A Storm Surge and Damaging Heavy Swell Warning remains in force for coastal waters of Rotuma, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and Lau Group.

A Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in force for the low lying areas and areas adjacent to small streams for Vitilevu and Vanualevu, areas adjacent to Dreketilailai Station to Qawa River and is now in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Bagata River, low lying areas and areas
adjacent to Vatukacevaceva and downstream of Rakiraki Town

A Flash Flood Alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to major rivers for Vitilevu and Vanualevu.

Situation

Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa (category 5) was located near 15.6 south 176.9 east or about 140 kilometres north-northwest of Yasawa-i-Rara, 245 kilometres north northwest of Nadi and 280 kilometres west-northwest of Rotuma at 8am today. Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to
have average winds up to 250 km/hr with momentary gusts to 350 km/hr.

The cyclone is moving east-southeast at about 9 knots or 18 km/hr.
On this track, at 8pm today the cyclone centre is expected to be located about 100 kilometres east of Yasawa-i-Rara or about 90 kilometres west-southwest of Labasa and the centre is expected to be located very close or over the province of Bua.

The centre of Yasa is expected to be about 50 kilometres north-northeast of Moala or about 75 kilometres east-southeast of Gau or about 165km east of Suva at 8am tomorrow.

Destructive winds are likely to begin a several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.

Forecast

For Yasawa Group, northern and eastern half of Viti Levu [from Nadi to Rakiraki to Korovou to Navua], Yadua, Galoa, Kia, Mali, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Matuku, Moala, Totoya and Lomaiviti Group:

Expect Very Destructive hurricane force winds up to 240km/hr with momentary gusts up to 345km/hr.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms. There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying and flood prone areas.

Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.

Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.

For Mamanuca Group, the rest of Vitilevu, Cikobia and the rest of Lau Group.

Expect destructive storm force winds up to 110km/hr with momentary gusts up to 155km/hr.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms. There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying and flood prone areas. Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.

Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.

For Rotuma, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

Expect damaging gale force winds with average speeds up to 85km/hr with momentary gusts up to 120km/hr.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms. There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying and flood prone areas. Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.

Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.

Destructive storm force and very destructive hurricane force winds can be extremely dangerous with widespread destruction. It can cause widespread damage to properties and infrastructures, severe disruption to electrical power distribution and communication services.

It can uproot big trees and cause total damage to crops and vegetation.
The current situation is closely monitored and any alert and warning will be issued as and when significant changes are anticipated.

Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the
latest weather information.

For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.

You can also visit the Fiji Meteorological Service official Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for latest updates.

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