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TD04F to takes south west track

December 17, 2016 12:20 am

The Tropical Depression 04F will take a south west track in the next 24 to 36 hours.

Nadi Meteorology Office Director, Ravin Kumar, says currently the Depression lies 370km North-West of Nadi and 290km West of Viwa Island.

However Kumar says the system is slow moving and there’s no threat of it forming into a cyclone.

“Under the current and expected conditions the potential for the depression to develop into a Tropical cyclone is low and on the projected path we expect it to remain over the open waters and far west of Fiji but the chance of it coming to Fiji is very low. However, the associated trough and rain bands will continue until tomorrow. We expect the heavy rain and squally thunderstorms to continue over most parts of the country today and gradually easing to occasional showers or rain from tomorrow. The chances of flooding of major rivers remain high today which will become low from tomorrow.”

Kumar says mariners can expect East to North West winds averaging to 25-30 knots with rough seas.

A flood alert remains in force for Waimanu station, low lying areas and areas adjacent to Rewa Bridge and areas downstream of Nausori Town.

Water level at Rakiraki station was at 2.09 meters as of 11am today which is 0.09 meters above the warning level.

Water level at Waimanu Station is 0.46 meters below the critical level and the water level at Rewa Bridge is 0.24 meters below the alert level however water level at both places continues to increase.