Special Weather Bulletin Number THIRTEEN TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 5.00am on Saturday the 5th of January 2019

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING.

A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP AND THE WESTERN HALF OF VANUA LEVU .

A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL LAND AREAS AND WATERS OF FIJI

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR WHOLE OF FIJI.

TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA CATEGORY 2 CENTRE 985HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 13 DECIMAL 7 SOUTH 175 DECIMAL 6 EAST OR ABOUT 400 KM NORTH-NORTHWEST OF YASAWA-I-RARA OR ABOUT 510KM NORTHWEST OF LABASA AT 4AM TODAY. CLOSE TO THE CENTRE, THE 10 MINUTE AVERAGE WINDS IS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 95KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO130KM/HR.

MONA IS MOVING NORTH-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 16KM/HR.

THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTH, TURN EASTWARDS AND THEN MOVE SOUTHEAST TOWARDS THE FIJI GROUP FROM MID MORNING.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED ABOUT 380 KM NORTH-NORTHWEST OF YASAWA-I-RARA OR ABOUT 480KM NORTHWEST OF LABASA AT 4PM TODAY AND ABOUT 280KM NORTHWEST OF YASAWA-I-RARA OR ABOUT 350 KM NORTHWEST OF LABASA AT 4AM TOMORROW.

DAMAGING WINDS ARE LIKELY TO BEGIN SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE CYCLONE CENTRE PASSES OVERHEAD OR NEARBY.

FOR YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP:

FRESH TO STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 45 TO 55KM/HR AND GUSTS UP TO 70KM/HR. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WITH AVERAGE SPEED UP TO 65 KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 90KM/HR FROM TONIGHT. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.

FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS LIKELY.

FOR THE REST OF FIJI:

FRESH TO STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 45 TO 55KM/HR AND GUSTS UP TO 70KM/HR.

WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WITH AVERAGE SPEED UP TO 65 KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 90KM/HR FROM TOMORROW MORNING OVER THE REST OF VANUA LEVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS AND OVER REST OF THE PLACES FROM TOMORROW AFTERNOON. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS LIKELY.

THE NEXT SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN FOR FIJI ON TC MONA WILL BE ISSUED AT 08.00AM
TODAY.

(Source:Fiji Meteorological Service)

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