At 10am this morning TD03F was analysed at 10.0S 175.3E or about 860km Northwest(NW)of Labasa.
It is moving South-southwest(SSW) at 11km/hr.
Given that the rainbands which feed onto TD03F is broad and quiet spread-out, the system is rather slow in its intensification.
It is expected to gradually intensify and will become a tropical cyclone tomorrow.
It is also expected to continue moving southwards and is expected to pass “just” west of Yasawa and Mamanuca group from later tomorrow.
Heavy Rain Warning:
Even though the centre of the system is expected to move closer to Fiji from tomorrow, the rain has already being experienced over Vanua Levu and the eastern part of Viti Levu(attached is the radar image).
Currently a Heavy rain warning is in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Northern Lau group and Yasawa group.
It will be extended to the whole of Fiji this afternoon.
Expect the winds to gradually increase from tomorrow as the system moves closer to the group.
Advice to members of the Public:
Please continually update yourselves on the movement of TD03F and the associated weather which it will bring.
Know your cyclone evacuation plan.
Tie down things which could be blown away by the wind.
Mariners are advised to refrain from unnecessary movement especially as the system moves closer.