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PM urges precaution after recent briefing

April 2, 2012 6:49 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has just finished meeting Director Meteorology Alipate Waqaicelua.

Speaking exclusively to FBC News after the briefing Bainimarama says the public needs to remain cautious and take precautions.

“We have just come out of the meeting and he has given us a brief of the weather right now. Even though the cyclone has gone past, we will have the associated rain that accompanies the cyclone come our way and we should expect a lot of rain tonight and tomorrow in the west and central divisions.”

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Waqaicelua’s latest update from 6pm today stresses that the public must remain alert.

“Tropical Cyclone Daphne is currently located around 520km to the West-South-West of Nadi. At this stage it’s still moving towards the South-East and is accelerating a little bit and as it does its going to move away from Fiji sooner but unfortunatley as it does speed up the outer rainbands associated witht he cyclone is gpoing to come at speed onto Fiji which means that strong winds and gale force winds are still in place and heavy raines is excpetced tonight and impact the river levels as well. The wesatern division can at most expect gale force winds for the Ysawam, Mamanuca, Viti Levu, Kadavu, and the nearby islands of Vatulele and Beqa. With heavy rains accompanying these strong winds. Just reiterating for all to refrain from going out into flooded areas as risks are high.”

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