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Expect more rain and flooding as 2 more Tropical Depressions head our way

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi warns people living in low-lying areas as two more Tropical Disturbances located near Vanuatu are heading towards the Fiji Group. The National Weather Forecasting Centre is also monitoring a new Tropical Disturbance, TD16F which was analysed South of Solomon Islands this morning. The Acting Director for Fiji Meteorological […]

Peni Shute and Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 5, 2016 1:03 pm

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi warns people living in low-lying areas as two more Tropical Disturbances located near Vanuatu are heading towards the Fiji Group.

The National Weather Forecasting Centre is also monitoring a new Tropical Disturbance, TD16F which was analysed South of Solomon Islands this morning.

The Acting Director for Fiji Meteorological Service, Mr. Misaeli Funaki the break in the rain will not last for long.

We are also monitoring a new Tropical Disturbance ,TD16F which was analysed south of Solomon Islands this morning.

At 6am this morning, Tropical disturbance 15F was analysed over the Lau group and is moving further away from Fiji. Currently, there is break in the rain as the rainbands associated with TD15F are moving away, but this will not last for long.

updates on tropical disturbances 14F,15F and the new tropical disturbance 16F.
(Fiji Meteorological Service)

Tropical Disturbance TD14F currenlty lies to the west of Fiji and is moving towards us. The active rainbands associated with TD14F is expected to start affecting Fiji again from this afternoon.

In a special weather bulletin issued a short while ago, a flood warning remains in force for Rakiraki Town, Wailotua, Ba River, Sigatoka River, Nadi River, Nadi Town, Wainimala River, Mulomulo, and the Semo River.

A flood alert remains in force for Wainibuka River, Rewa River, Navua River, Waimanu River, and Navua River.

A strong wind warning remains in force for all land areas and waters of the Fiji group.

The Nadi Weather Office said the second Tropical Disturbance is located 690 kilometres west‑northwest of Nadi and is currently moving east‑southeast at 11 kilometres per hour towards the Fiji group.

Nadraki Weather’s Meteorologist, Mr. Neville L. Koop said the three significant tropical depressions in our general vicinity continue to produce adverse and hazardous weather to Fiji and other neighbouring countries.

So members of the public should expect Heavy rain again from this afternoon. The incoming rain, coupled with the rainfall already experienced on the ground will amplify the risk of flooding. This is a risk is not only for low-lying areas but also for Major rivers throughout Fiji.

Mr Koop said that TD15F is likely to strengthen today and will bring heavy rain and flash flooding to southern and central Tonga today.

As this occurs, flooding will quickly resume with water levels likely to rise again quickly, and probably quite significantly with flood levels more than likely higher than they were yesterday. Winds currently light from the westerly quarter will strengthen from the northwest again later today becoming strong and squally once more as the two depressions to the west strengthen and move closer to Fiji.

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