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Depression likely to develop into cyclone by midday tomorrow

December 15, 2016 4:14 am

The current Tropical Depression TD04F affecting Fiji, is expected to intensify into a category one cyclone by midday tomorrow.

Director Meteorology Ravin Kumar gave this latest update during his press briefing this afternoon.

“What we expect in the next day and the day after, we anticipate the tropical depression gradually intensify and become a category one cyclone around midday tomorrow. This is likely to maintain this intensity as it moves southwards. On the projected track the center of the depression is expected to remain to the west of Fiji and we also anticipate the trough of the low pressure and the active rain bands to continue to affect the country through the weekend.”

TD04F is now moving at South South-West at 10km/hr.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji.

Tropical depression td04f centre was located near about 340km West-Northwest of Yasawa -i-Rara or about 380km northwest of Nadi at 1pm today.
Td04f remains slow moving.

Associated trough of low pressure and active rain bands continues to affect the country.it is expected to gradually move southeast towards the Fiji group from tomorrow.
Td04f has moderate to high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 36 hours.

For the whole of Fiji, there will be periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms over most places.

Localised heavy rain will lead to flash flooding.
Meanwhile, a flood warning remains in force for low lying areas of the downstream of the Waimanu station in the Rewa Delta.

A flood warning remains in force for the low lying areas and small streams for the whole of Fiji.

A flood alert remains in force for the low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Rakiraki Town and downstream of Rakiraki Station.

As of 4pm today, the water level at the Waimanu Station was 5.49 metres, which was 0.49m above warning level and decreasing.

The level at the Rakiraki Station was at 1.57m, which is 0.38m above alert level and decreasing.

The next high tide is at 7.05pm.