A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ROTUMA.

A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR FIJI.

A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ROTUMA.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, NORTHERN LAU GROUP AND THE YASAWA GROUP.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TD03F CENTRE [1000HPA] WAS LOCATED NEAR 9.0 SOUTH 174.6 EAST OR ABOUT 470KM NORTHWEST OF ROTUMA OR ABOUT 980KM NORTH-NORTHWEST OF LABASA AT 1AM TODAY.

CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS UPTO 45 KM /HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 65KM/HR.

THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY INTENSIFY INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE THIS EVENING WITH AVERAGE WIND SPEEDS CLOSE TO THE CENTRE OF 65KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 95KM/HR. DEPRESSION MOVING SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 10KM/HR.

THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE WEST-SOUTHWEST AT 20KM/HR AND THE CENTRE SHOULD PASS ABOUT 280KM WESTSOUTHWEST OF ROTUMA BY 1AM TOMORROW. FOR ROTUMA:

EXPECT STRONG WINDS WITH SPEEDS UPTO 45 KM/HR INCREASING TO 65 KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 95KM/HR BY 3PM TODAY. VERY ROUGH TO HIGH SEAS WITH DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELLS.

OCCASIONAL RAIN BECOMING FREQUENT AND HEAVY WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS LATER TONIGHT. SEA FLOODING OF LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS EXPECTED. FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISALANDS, YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, KADAVU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP: EXPECT MODERATE TO FRESH EASTERLY WINDS, INCREASING TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS BY FRIDAY MORNING.

ROUGH SEAS INCREASING TO HIGH SEAS BY FRIDAY MORNING. CLOUDY PERIODS WITH SOME SHOWERS INCREASING TO RAIN AND BECOMING FEQUENT AND HEAVY WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS BY TOMORROW EVENING.

LOCALISED HEAVY RAIN MAY LEAD TO FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS. COASTAL SEA FLOODING TO BE EXPECTED DURING HIGH TIDES IF THE CYCLONE CENTRE PASSSES NEARBY.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners

FOR ROTUMA WATERS: EASTERLY WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS GUSTING TO 30 KNOTS WITH VERY ROUGH SEAS. WINDS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 35 KNOTS TODAY WITH HIGH SEAS.

DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS EXPECTED. FOR FIJI WATERS: EASTERLY WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KNOTS BY LATER TODAY. WINDS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS BY FRIDAY MORNING. MODERATE SEAS BECOMING ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH FROM LATER TODAY.

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