THIS IS THE LATEST UPDATE ON TROPICAL CYCLONE POLA….

IT HAS NOW BEEN UPGRADED TO CATEGORY 2….

A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR VATOA AND ONO-I-LAU.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF THE LAU AND LOMAIVITI
GROUPS.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE AS WELL FOR THE LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUPS.

CATEGORY 2 TROPICAL CYCLONE POLA’s CENTRE – WAS LOCATED NEAR 19.4 SOUTH 177.0 WEST OR ABOUT 230 KILOMETRES SOUTHEAST OF LAKEBA, AND 230 KILOMETRES NORTHEAST OF ONO-I-LAU AT MIDDAY TODAY.

CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE – THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS OF UP TO 110 KM/HR, WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 155 KM/HR. THE AVERAGE WINDS CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 120 KM/HR, WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 165 KM/HR BY 6PM TODAY.

THE CYCLONE IS MOVING SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT ABOUT 30 KM/HR.

THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE TOWARDS THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 20KM/HR , AND THE CENTRE SHOULD PASS CLOSE TO ONO-I-LAU LATER THIS EVENING.

ON THIS TRACK, THE CYCLONE’s CENTRE IS EXPECTED TO BE LOCATED ABOUT 120 KILOMETERS EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ONO-I-LAU AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, AND ABOUT 270 KILOMETRES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF ONO-I-LAU AT MIDDAY TOMORROW.

FOR VATOA AND ONO-I-LAU:

EXPECT DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEEDS UP OF UP TO 75 KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 100 KM/HR. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS IS ALSO FORECAST.

HIGH SEAS. DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS. SEA FLOODING OF LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS EXPECTED.

FOR THE REST OF THE LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUPS:

FRESH TO STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF UP OF 45 TO 55 KM/HR, GUSTING TO 80 KM/HR. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. MODERATE TO HEAVY SWELLS.

FOR THE REST OF FIJI:

CLOUDY PERIODS WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE LARGER ISLANDS. ELSEWHERE, FINE APART FROM AFTEROON OR EVENING SHOWERS. MODERATE TO FRESH SOUTHERLY WINDS.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:

FOR SOUTHERN LAU WATERS: EXPECT GALE FORCE WINDS OF UP TO 45 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 65 KNOTS WITH HIGH SEAS.

FOR KORO SEA AND NORTHERN LAU WATERS: SOUTHERLY WINDS AT 20 TO 30 KNOTS, GUSTING UP TO 40 KNOTS. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS.

FOR THE REST OF FIJI WATERS: SOUTHERLY WINDS IS FORECAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS. MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS.

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