A “Storm Warning” is now in force for Vatulele and Kadavu.
A “Gale Warning” remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby Smaller islands, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Kadavu, Lomaiviti Group, Viti levu and nearby smaller islands.
A “Strong Wind Warning” remains in force for the Lau Group and Rotuma.
A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for the Fiji Group.
“Flash Flood Warning” remains inforce for low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers in the Central Division and now in force for low lying areas and small streams within the Rakiraki area
A “Flood Alert” remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Korovou River; downstream of Nairukuruku Station in the Wainimala River; downstream of Nayavu Station in the Wainibuka River.
Tropical cyclone Sarai, category 2 was located near 17.9 south latitude, 175.3 east longitude or about 190km west-southwest of Viwa or about 230km west of Nadi at 4pm today.
Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 95km /hr with momentary gusts to 130km/hr.
The cyclone is moving south at about 28km/hr and is expected to turn and move southeast from tonight.
The centre should be located about 190km southwest of Nadi or 230km west of Kadavu at 4am tomorrow and about 120km southwest of Kadavu at 4pm tomorrow.
Threat to Fiji:
For Kadavu and Vatulele:
Expect damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 85km/hr with momentary gusts to 110 km/hr increasing to destructive force winds with average speeds of 95km/hr with momentary gusts to 130km/hr from tomorrow afternoon. High to very high seas. Periods of heavy Rain and squally thunderstorms. Localised heavy rain may lead to Flooding of low lying areas. Coastal sea flooding to be expected During high tides if the cyclone centre passes nearby.
For Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Kadavu, Lomaiviti Group, Viti Levu and nearby smaller Islands:
Expect damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 85km/hr with momentary gusts to 110 km/hr. Periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms is also expected over these areas. Localised heavy rain may lead to flooding of low lying areas. Coastal sea flooding to be expected during high tides if the cyclone centre passes nearby.
For Lau Group: Expect periods of rain becoming frequent and heavy with squally thunderstorms.
For Rotuma: Expect occasional rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms.
For the Lau Group and Rotuma:
Expect fresh to strong northeast to southeast winds with speeds up to 45 km/hr with momentary gusts to 80km/hr. Rough to very rough seas with moderate easterly swells also expected.
The following information is provided especially for the mariners.
For Yasawa and Mamanuca Waters, Northern Vanua Levu Waters, Southwest Viti Levu Waters and Kadavu and Vatu-i-Ra Passage: Expect east to northeast winds up to 45 knots gusting to 65 knots. High seas with damaging heavy northerly swells.
For Lau waters: Strong east to northeast winds up to 30 knots gusting to 45 knots. Rough to very rough seas with moderate easterly swells.
For Rotuma waters: northwest winds up to 30 knots gusting to 45 knots with very rough seas. Winds expected to gradually ease later today. Moderate to heavy northerly swells.
The Fiji Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation closely. Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously when issued.
For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.