TC Mona slow tracking towards the Northern Division
January 6, 2019 1:03 pm
A portion of the Dreketilailai Irish Crossing has been washed away.
The Fiji Meteorological Services says category 1 Tropical Cyclone Mona is slow tracking towards the Northern Division.
Senior forecaster, Amit Singh says TC Mona continues to move east-southeast at about 20 km/hr.
Singh adds the system on its predicted path will track towards Labasa and Udu Point.
“The circulation for this system is being evident in our Labasa radar imagery and we see movement of east south-east direction and if it continues to move in this direction the centre is expected to pass just east of Udu Point.”
TC Mona is then expected to pass over Taveuni, track forward to Koro Island, passing East of Kadavu and out of Fiji waters by early Tuesday.
Singh says the centre of TC Mona is expected to pass over Udu Point later this afternoon or early evening.
He adds with the system close approaching heavy rainfall activity can be expected over Vanua Levu, Lau and Lomaiviti Group and eastern half of Viti Levu.
“We can see in our radar that the entire Vanua Levu is covered with rainfall and most of the places in the Northern division are experiencing heavy rainfall and reports of flooding are now coming through.”
Singh says the eastern parts of Viti Levu can expect an increase in rainfall tonight.
He adds Nadi, Lautoka and other Western parts of Viti Levu will experience light and occasional showers.
The weather office predicts the Western division is completely clear of the effects from TC Mona.
Apart from rain, the system is expect to bring strong gale winds as well.
At 10am today, TC Mona was located about 250km north-northwest of Labasa or about 270km north-northeast of Yasawa-i-Rara.
Meanwhile, a flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Fiji.
The warning is also extended to low lying areas and areas adjacent to Naqali station and downstream of Bagata station, Nakawaga Rive and Qawa station.
Batnikama, Labasa [Source: Virendra Lingam]
A flood alert remain in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Dreketilailai station and downstream of Labasa River.
The next high tide is schedule for 7.24pm.
A “Gale Warning” remains in force for Yasawa Group, Cikobia, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Qamea, Kioa, Laucala, Matagi, Lau and Lomaiviti Group and Kadavu.
A “Tropical Cyclone Alert” remains in force for the rest of Fiji. A “Strong Wind Warning” remains in for the rest of Fiji.
A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for the whole of Fiji Group.
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; and low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Bagata Station and downstream of Nakawaga River; and is now in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Qawa Bridge Station and downstream of Qawa River; and
A “Flood Alert” remain in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to Dreketilailai Station and downstream of Labasa River.
— Fiji National Disaster Management Office (@FijiNDMO) November 2, 2018