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TD03F moving away from Fiji

January 1, 2019 5:00 pm

Tropical Depression 03F is moving away from Fiji, however a gale warning remains in force for Northern Lau group.

The Fiji Meteorological Services says TD03F was located about 80km northeast of Udu point and about 160km east-northeast of Labasa at 4pm today.

Close to the centre, the 10 minute average winds is estimated to be about 55km/hr.

Acting Director Viliame Vereivalu says TD03F is moving southeast at about 22km/hr away from the group.

Vereivalu says TD03F  is expected to be located about 180 km north northeast of Lakeba or about 320 km east-southeast of Udu point at mid night and about 420 km east-southeast of Lakeba at midday tomorrow.

Meanwhile, for northern Lau group: strong to damaging gale force with speeds of 55 to 65km/hr and momentary gusts to 90km/hr.

Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms. Sea flooding of low lying areas likely.

For eastern Vanua Levu, Lomaiviti group and southern Lau group: fresh to strong southeast winds with speeds of 45 to 55km/hr and momentary gusts to 80km/hr.

Isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms possible.

For the rest of Fiji: moderate to fresh southeast winds, gusty at times.

Occasional showers with isolated heavy falls over eastern Viti Levu.