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Public urged to prepare as TC Winston moves closer

The National Disaster Management Office is requesting the public to monitor weather reports in response to the movement of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Latest weather report indicates that the TC Winston is moving close to the Fiji Group and is expected to affect parts of the central division including Kadavu and Suva. Both the Nadi Weather Office and disaster officials are […]

Staff Writers

February 19, 2016 9:48 am

The National Disaster Management Office is requesting the public to monitor weather reports in response to the movement of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Latest weather report indicates that the TC Winston is moving close to the Fiji Group and is expected to affect parts of the central division including Kadavu and Suva.

Both the Nadi Weather Office and disaster officials are closely tracking the movement of the Cyclone, which could bring about flash flooding and strong destructive winds.

While the cyclone is a Category 4, the momentum of its movement has the potential to develop later into a Category 5.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Develop and National Disaster Management permanent secretary Meleti Bainimarama said the public should monitor all weather reports and take the necessary precautions now.

The latest weather report will bring about destructive winds and flash flooding in parts of the central division so Fijians must secure their homes, their properties, their businesses or their livestock

Fijians living in flood prone areas should also prepare for evacuation in case of flooding or damage to properties

Mr Bainimarama has also called on parents and guardians to monitor the movement of their children and always to monitor their whereabouts.  

Mariners and fishermen are urged to refrain from travelling out to sea.

THE LATEST WEATHER REPORT FROM THE NADI WEATHER OFFICE 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston centre [945HPA] Category 4 was located near Ono-I-Lau and Lakeba. Close to its core, the cyclone is estimated to have average winds of 175km/hr and momentary gusts to 250km/hr.

On this track, the cyclone is expected to be located about 460 km east of Lakeba or 550 km northeast of Ono-I-Lau at 3 pm today.

TC Winston is expected to be 250 km east of Lakeba or about 380 km north east of Ono-I-Lau at 3 am tomorrow.

Destructive winds may begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.

Public are advised to take precautions.

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