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 Severe Flood Warning is in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Vatukacevaceva and Downstream of Rakiraki Town.

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, low lying areas and areas adjacent to Bagata River.

A Flash Flood Alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to major rivers for Vitilevu and Vanualevu.SituationSevere tropical cyclone Yasa (category 5) is passing through Yasawa-i-Rara and heading towards Vanua Levu.

The cyclone is expected to make landfall over the province of Bua around 8pm this evening. At 2pm today, Severe TC Yasa was located near 16.2 south 178.1 east or about 80 kilometres north-northwest of Yasawa-i-Rara, 140 kilometres west-northwest of Labasa and 185 kilometres northwest of Koro at 2pm today.

Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to have average winds up to 240 km/hr with momentary gusts to 345 km/hr. The cyclone is moving east-southeast at about 13 knots or 24km/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 make landfall over the province of Bua around 8pm this evening.

At 8am tomorrow, 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.

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 Tavua to Rakiraki to Korovou through to Suva to Navua], Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands including Yadua, Galoa, Kia and Mali, 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.

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