Heavy Rain and Gale Force Winds Expected Over Parts of the Group
The low pressure system that was analysed to the northwest of Fiji had intensified overnight and upgraded to a tropical disturbance 09F (TD09F).
TD09F now lies to the northeast of Fiji near Cikobia Island. The weather system is expected to further intensify to a tropical depression in the next 12 to 24 hours and has a moderate to high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours.
TD09F is expected to track southeastwards with the associated active trough of low pressure or convergence zone lying over Vanua Levu and Lau Group tomorrow.
Gale force winds is expected over eastern parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Lau Group.
Strong winds is expected over the western parts of Vanua Levu, Lomaiviti Group and the eastern parts of Viti Levu.
Heavy rain is expected over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau group.
The enhanced easterly winds will bring showers, heavy at times and thunderstorms over the eastern parts and interior of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
The rest of the Fiji Group will experience some showers, however, localised heavy rainfall in the afternoon or evening is possible in some areas.
Persistent and high amounts of rainfall can lead to flooding of rivers, creeks and roads and flash flooding of low lying areas in the days ahead.
Due to heavy rain events in the past few weeks, soil in the ground is still moist and loose, this poses the risk of flash flood and landslides.
Therefore, all communities living in flood and landslide prone
areas need to remain vigilant and proactive.
Motorists are also advised of decreased visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Sea conditions are too dangerous for sea travel, sailing and other sea activities.
Members of the public are reminded to keep away from flooded drains, streams, creeks and rivers.
Although, TD09F is anticipated to exit Fiji Waters by mid-week, wet weather conditions is expected to continue due to another trough that is likely to form and possibly affect the Fiji Group from Thursday.
The current situation is closely monitored. Members of the public are advised to stay informed with latest weather updates and follow advice from local authorities.