A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING IS NOW IN FORCE FOR THE FIJI GROUP. A GALE WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR YASAWA GROUP, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU, KADAVU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP. A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR YASAWA AND NORTHERN VITI LEVU, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEAR BY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU GROUP AND IS NOW IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.

A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS NEXT TO QAWA RIVER, NAKAUVADRA RIVER FROM VATUKACEVACEVA TO RAKIRAKI TOWN, LOW LYING AREAS ALONG FSC ROAD,LOW LYING AREAS FOR TAVUA AT NASIVI,LOW LYING AREAS ALONG BA FSC, LOW LYING AREAS AND AREAS AJACENT TO NAVALA RIVER AND TOGE RIVER, LOW LYING AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS FOR KEYASI RIVER DOWN TO SIGATOKA RIVER, AND LOW LYING AREAS AND AREAS AJACENT TO NADI BRIDGE.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL LOW LYING AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS NEAR TO MAJOR RIVERS IN VANUALEVU AND VITILEVU, LABASA RIVER, QAWA RIVER -VUNIVAU STRETCH TOWARD VUNIIKA FLAT,SOASOA FLAT, UPPER LABASA RIVER AT KOROTARI FLAT.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 05F [997HPA] WAS LOCATED NEAR 15.6 SOUTH 170.5E JUST EAST OF VANUATU OR ABOUT 780KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF NADI AT 3AM TODAY.

CLOCKWISE WINDS OF UP TO 65KM/HR DEVELOPING WITHIN 080 TO 200 NAUTICAL MILES AWAY FROM THE CENTRE IN THE SECTOR FROM NORTHWEST TO EAST TO SOUTHEAST IN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

TD05F IS CURRENTLY SLOW MOVING AND IS EXPECTED TO TRACK EAST THEN SOUTHEAST TOWARDS FIJI IN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS. TD05F HAS A VERY HIGH POTENTIAL TO INTENSIFY INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS TO 48 HOURS.

ASSOCIATED ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WITH ACTIVE RAINBANDS AND STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS AFFECTS FIJI. FOR YASAWA GROUP, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS:

DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 65KM/HR WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 90KM/HR. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.FLASH FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS EXPECTED.

POOR VISIBILITY IN AREAS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS. SEA FLOODING OF COASTAL AREAS LIKELY. FOR MAMANUCA GROUP, VITI LEVU, KADAVU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP:

FRESH TO STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AVERAGE SPEED OF 55KM/HR GUSTING TO 80 KM/HR. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 65KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 90KM/HR FROM EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS.

FLASH FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS EXPECTED. SEA FLOODING OF COASTAL AREAS LIKELY. POOR VISIBILITY IN AREAS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS. FOR THE REST OF FIJI: FRESH TO STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AVERAGE SPEED OF 55KM/HR GUSTING TO 80 KM/HR. WINDS MAY FURTHER INCREASE TO DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 65KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS OF UP TO 90KM/HR FROM EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. RAIN EXPECTED TO BECOME FREQUENT WITH SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS FROM TONIGHT. FLASH FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS EXPECTED. SEA FLOODING OF COASTAL AREAS LIKELY. POOR VISIBILITY IN AREAS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:

A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE OVER YASAWA, NORTHERN VANUA LEVU AND LAU WATERS. EXPECT NORTHERLY WINDS UP TO 35 KNOTS GUSTING TO 50 KNOTS. HIGH SEAS.

A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI WATERS. NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 KNOTS GUSTING TO 45 KNOTS. WINDS INCREASING TO 35 KNOTS GUSTING TO 50 KNOTS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. HIGH SEAS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT.

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