Cyclone Gita poses no direct threat to Fiji
February 9, 2018 10:14 pm
Tropical depression 07F which upgraded into a Tropical Cyclone Category one yesterday afternoon was named Gita and poses no direct threat to Fiji.
Fiji Metrological Services Director Ravind Kumar confirms Tropical Cyclone Gita is heading more towards North East to East direction towards Samoa and probably might curve towards Niue and towards Tonga later next week.
“For this weekend there is no threat at all to Fiji except for the active trough of low pressure which is associated with Tropical Depression 08F will continue to affect into the weekend.TD08F is going to move towards North Eastwards to move and as Tropical Cyclone Gita moves further Eastwards, it is going to drag with it towards the East so it will continue to linger around for Fiji in for next 24 to 48 hours before it might slowly disappear.”
At 9am this morning Tropical depression 08F was situated 30km Southeast of Koro or 65 km North-Northeast of Gau.
TD08F is expected to gradually move northwards towards Vanua Levu with the associated rain bands affecting the country till later tomorrow.
A heavy rain warning remains in force for Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
A heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji.
Meanwhile, A strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau
and Lomaiviti group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands and is now in
Force for eastern and southern Viti Levu.
Localised heavy falls may lead to flooding of low lying areas.