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Flash floods and strong winds as tropical depression passes by

The Tavua and Rakiraki townships are flooded this morning as the current tropical depression brings high winds and heavy rains over the entire country. The Rakiraki river level at 6.00am today was at 3.66 metres which is 1.66 metres above warning level.  Low tide is expected at 2.35pm. Reports this morning show Rakiraki town completely covered […]

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February 11, 2016 9:25 am

The Tavua and Rakiraki townships are flooded this morning as the current tropical depression brings high winds and heavy rains over the entire country.

The Rakiraki river level at 6.00am today was at 3.66 metres which is 1.66 metres above warning level.  Low tide is expected at 2.35pm.

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Flood waters are rising in Rakiraki town waterways Photo: Anish Chand / Facebook.

Reports this morning show Rakiraki town completely covered in at least 4 feet of water and rising.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Meteorology Office bulletin issued at 5.30am today states Tropical Depression TD09F was located about 740 kilometres west-southwest of Rotuma or about 740 kilometres west-northwest of Nadi at 3am today.

A strong wind warning remains in force for the Yasawa and Mamanuca Groups as the Tropical Depression TD09F moves west of Rotuma and Nadi today.

At 8.50 am, the weather office issued a strong wind warning as a result of TD09F’s proximity to Fiji.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for western and northern Viti Levu, Northern Vanua Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group. Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding in these areas.

The tropical depression is moving southeast at 10 kilometres per hour and will bring cloud and rain. The next special weather bulletin will be issued at 11.50am today.

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