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Flood alert cancelled

The flood alert that was previously in force for low lying areas adjacent to Rakiraki, Navolau and Wailotua River was cancelled at 1am this morning. Some rain can be expected  today with Tropical Depression TD17F located about 260 KM North-Northwest of Lakeba. The associated cloud bands are expected to affect the Fiji Group from this […]

Peni Shute

April 18, 2016 7:37 am

The flood alert that was previously in force for low lying areas adjacent to Rakiraki, Navolau and Wailotua River was cancelled at 1am this morning.

Some rain can be expected  today with Tropical Depression TD17F located about 260 KM North-Northwest of Lakeba. The associated cloud bands are expected to affect the Fiji Group from this morning.

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A heavy rain warning previously in force for the Lau group is now cancelled.

However the strong wind warning remains in force for Lau group and is cancelled for Lomaiviti group, Eastern Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.

Situation:

A trough of low pressure affects the eastern parts of the group.

Forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group:

Strong southerly winds with average speed of 55 km/hr and gusts to 85km/hr over Lau. Winds gradually easing from later today.  Elsewhere, moderate to fresh southeast winds. Moderate to rough seas.

Cloudy periods with some showers over the Lau and Lomaiviti group, the eastern parts and interior of larger islands. Elsewhere fine apart from isolated afternoon or evening showers.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the Lau group and is now cancelled for eastern Vanua Levu, Taveuni and the nearby smaller islands.

Tropical depression TD17F was located 100km East-Southeast of Koro and about 170km South-Southeast of Labasa at 9.00am this morning.

The Nadi Weather Office said it is moving South-Eastward at about 23km/hr. On this track TD17F is expected to move away from the group later today.

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Associated trough with rainbands is expected to affect the group till Monday.

TD17F has a low chance (10-20%) of developing into a Tropical Cyclone over Fiji waters.

For the Lau group:

Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms. Rain easing from later today.

Localised heavy rain will lead to flash flooding.

The flood alert that was previously in force for the low lying areas and areas adjacent to Waimanu and Nairukuruku station along the Waimanu and Wainimala river is now cancelled.

A flood warning remains in force for the low lying areas adjacent to Rakiraki river including Naqoro flat, Rakiraki town and Qalau, low lying areas adjacent to Dreketilailai station and downstream to Boubale bridge at Bulileka and Qawa river, low lying areas adjacent to Dewala station and the downstream along Labasa river including Labasa town, low lying areas adjacent to Wailotua station.

Road has been closed for most of the areas within the Labasa area due to flood has burst its bank for most of the places including Labasa Civic Center, Qawa river, Bulileka, Soasoa, Siberia, Wailevu and Airport road.

A flood alert remains in force for the following areas:

Low lying areas and areas adjacent to Nayavu station and areas downstream the Wainibuka river, low lying areas and areas adjacent to Navolau station and to the downstream of Rewa river.

A flood alert remains in force for all small streams, creeks and low lying areas adjacent to major rivers for the whole of Vanualevu, Nayavu water level at 10.00am was 5.14m which is 0.14 above the alert level and is decreasing.

Navolau water level at 10.00am was 6.69m which is 0.69m above the alert level and gradually increasing.

Water level at Dreketilailai station at 10.00am was 2.4m which is 0.1m below warning level and decreasing.

Dewala water level at 10.00am was 3.4m which is 0.6m below the warning level and decreasing.

Qawa water level at 10.00am was 4.0m which is 0.5m above warning level and decreasing.

Labasa town water level at 10.00am was 2.8m which is 0.8m above alert level and decreasing.

Water level at Rakiraki station at 10.00am was 2.8m which is o.3m above river warning level and decreasing, Wailotua water level data is delayed and was previously under warning.

A heavy rain warning is now in force for the whole of the Fiji group.

The Nadi Weather Office said at 2pm this afternoon, Tropical Depression TD17F was located 310km North-Northwest of Nadi at midday today.

It is moving South-eastward at about 15km/hr towards the group. On this track TD17F is expected to move over the group from late this afternoon to the evening today.

Associated trough with active rainbands is expected to affect the group till Monday.

At this stage, TD17F has a low chance (10-20%) to develop into a Tropical Cyclone over the Fiji waters.

Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms.

Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding.

Meanwhile, a flood warning is now in force for the low-lying areas adjacent to Rakiraki river and low lying areas including Naqoro flats, Rakiraki town and Qalau.

The water level at the Rakiraki station was 2.96m at 2.30pm today, which is 0.46m below the river warning level and is gradually rising.

A flood alert remains in force for all small streams, creeks and low-lying areas adjacent to major rivers for the whole of the Fiji group.

A flood alert is also in force for Dreketilailai station including the bridge at Konasami and downstream to the Boubale bridge at Bulileka in Labasa.

The Commissioner Central’s Office wishes to advice the public especially those in Naitasiri that the Matainasau crossing is currently under water and close to all traffic. The travelling public together with motorists have been advised to take extra precaution and to refrain from crossing flooded roads as rainfall continue to be experienced in major parts of Fiji.

Parents are advised to keep their children away from flooded areas and to monitor their whereabouts at all times.

The Director of the Fiji Meteorological Services Mr. Ravin Kumar in a press conference this afternoon said the National Weather Forecasting Centre is monitoring the Tropical Disturbance (TD17F).

The Director for Fiji Meteorological Services Mr. Ravin Kumar. (Fijian Government)
The Director for Fiji Meteorological Services Mr. Ravin Kumar. (Fijian Government)

We are currently monitoring a tropical disturbance and it is located at North-West of Fiji and is expected to move eastwards and then lay over Fiji tonight and over the course tomorrow, as it comes down associated trough and rain is expected to move over Viti Levu.

Director Kumar said as TD17F moves closer it is expected to bring more rain.

At the moment it is affecting Vanua Levu, in anticipation of its moving further to the South, and the rain is coming over to the West of the country we have issued out a heavy rain warning to those that live in Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and other areas.

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During the course of the next six to twelve hours we anticipate that these warnings to be upgraded to the whole of Fiji and the heavy rain to continue tonight and to tomorrow.

The strong wind warning is in force for the West of Fiji waters and we anticipate as the Tropical Disturbance comes closer and further intensifies or deepens into a Tropical Depression, the land areas will start experiencing strong winds. Therefore we will also closely monitor that.

Director Kumar said more rain is expected which may result in the bursting of some river banks.

Given that, we had significant amount of rain last week, and given that the rain is coming and that they are heavy we can expect first of all, flooding of the low lying areas as when the heavy rain continues and we also expect major rivers to swell up and even break the banks.

Director Kumar said the disturbance is expected to clear by Sunday.

For now, that the Tropical Depression does not have the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone while it is still in the Fiji waters, however beyond that the probability increases to moderate but it does not get to high in the next 4 to 5 days.

The weather will expect to start to clear out from the West from Sunday and trough is going lay other us, therefore the Eastern and Northern parts of the country will continue to get rain, however the winds change and the clearance will certainly be seen from Sunday.

Meanwhile, a flood alert remains in force for all small streams, creeks and low-lying areas adjacent to major rivers within Vanua Levu and Eastern half of Viti Levu.

A flood alert is now in force for the low lying areas and areas adjacent to Rakiraki Town.

The water level at 3.00pm was 1.5m which is at alert level.

Situation:

Tropical Disturbance TD17F with an associated trough of low pressure to the north of Fiji is gradually moving South towards the group. Associated cloud and rain are expected to affect the group till Monday morning. At this stage TD17F has low chance (5-20%) to develop into a Tropical Cyclone over Fiji waters.

Forecast for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Eastern and Northern Viti Levu:

Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms.

For the rest of Fiji:
Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms becoming frequent from tomorrow.
Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding.

A heavy rain warning is in place for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, the Eastern half of Viti Levu, the Yasawa, Lau and Lomaiviti groups.

The Fiji Meteorological Service is advising members of the public that a strong wind warning is now in force for the land areas of the Northern half of Viti Levu, the Southern half of Vanua Levu, the Yasawa, Lau and Lomaiviti groups.

A flood alert is now in force for all small streams, creeks and low-lying areas adjacent to major rivers within Vanua Levu and the eastern half of Viti Levu.

A tropical disturbance associated with a trough of low pressure located to the north of Fiji is gradually moving south towards Fiji.

An active trough of low pressure with the associated cloud and rain will continue to affect the group until Sunday.

Situation:

An active trough of low pressure with the associated cloud and rain continues to affect the group till Sunday.

Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group:

For Northern half of Viti Levu, the Southern half of Vanua Levu, the Yasawa, Lau and Lomaiviti group:

Strong east to southeast winds 40 to 50 km/hr. Rough seas.

Elsewhere:

Moderate to fresh southeast winds. Rough seas.

Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over most places.

Outlook for Sunday: Rain and thunderstorms over most places.

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