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Chances of cyclone forming in the coming days remain low

February 3, 2018 5:13 am

Heavy rain will continue in some parts of the country as a weak tropical low-pressure system remains slow moving over Fiji.

Within the trough, two low-pressure systems have developed, one near Rotuma and the other near the Solomon Islands.

The low-pressure system near Rotuma is gradually moving towards the group and expected to bring more rain and possibly fresh to strong winds, gusting at times from later tomorrow over the northern and eastern parts of the country.

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The system near the Solomon Islands is anticipated to move towards the group and affect us during the week and early next week.

While there’s a possibility of these systems to intensify into a Tropical Disturbance and even into a Tropical Depression over the Fiji Waters, chances of a Tropical Cyclone developing over the next three days remain low.

Fiji Meteorological Service Director, Ravin Kumar says the associated active trough of low pressure, cloud and rain will continue to affect the country.

“We see that this afternoon most of the heavy rain began at Viti Levu.The system is going to be over us for the next couple of days and we have the heavy rain warning now for the whole of Fiji and strong wind warning is now in force for land areas and waters of Rotuma. A strong wind warning also remains in force for Vanua Levu, Northern Lau waters and Vatui Ra passage. More rain is forecasted and a flood alert is in force for low lying areas.”

More rain will cause water levels in streams and rivers to gradually rise as chances of flooding remain high.

The weather conditions and river levels are closely monitored and the public will be appropriately advised through alert and warning as the situation worsens or improves.

All communities are advised to remain prepared, be updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously.

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