TC Mona diverts east of Vanua Levu and heads south into Lau group
January 6, 2019 10:58 pm
Figure 1: Weather Map at 4pm today on 06 January 2019.
Tropical Cyclone Mona was located about 120km north-northwest of Udu Point or about 160km north-northeast of Labasa at 4pm today.
The Fiji Meteorological Services says TC Mona is moving east-southeast at about 22km/hr.
On the forecast track, the centre is expected to be located about 80km east-southeast of Taveuni or about 160km east-southeast of Labasa at 4am tomorrow and about 10km east of Lakeba or about 260km south-southeast of Taveuni at 4pm tomorrow.
Damaging winds are likely to begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.
For Cikobia, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Qamea, Kioa, Laucala, Matagi, Lau and Lomaiviti Group and Kadavu: expect strong to damaging gale force with speeds of 55 to 85km/hr and gusts up to 120km/hr.
Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms.
Flooding including sea flooding of low lying areas likely and damaging heavy swells.
For the rest of Fiji: Expect fresh to strong southeast winds with speeds of 45 to 55km/hr and gusts up to 80km/hr.
Expect periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over eastern half of Viti Levu from Tavua, Tailevu, Suva to Serua.
For Viti Levu and Mamanuca Group: expect occasional showers and few thunderstorms and possible isolated heavy falls. Flooding of low lying areas likely.
Over Northern Vanua Levu Waters, Koro Sea, Lau Waters, Kadavu and Vatu-i-Ra Passages: Mariners can expect gales force winds 35 to 45 knots gusting to 55 knots with high seas.
For the rest of Fiji Waters: expect 25 to 30 knots gusting to 40 knots with rough to very rough and damaging heavy swells.
A gale warning remains in force for Cikobia, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Qamea, Kioa, Laucala, Matagi, Lau and Lomaiviti Group and Kadavu.
A strong wind warning remains in for the rest of Fiji.
A heavy rain warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti Group, eastern half of Viti Levu and Kadavu.
A flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Fiji, low lying areas and small streams adjacent to and downstream of Naqali Station, low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Bagata Station and downstream of Bagata River, low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Dewala Station and downstream of Labasa River, low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Qawa bridge station and downstream of Qawa River.
A flood alert remains in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Dreketilailai Station and downstream of Labasa River.
All communities living in low coastal, flood prone and low lying areas are reminded to remain alert and take all necessary precautions.
The public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously.
— Fiji National Disaster Management Office (@FijiNDMO) November 2, 2018