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Zena loses strength, no longer a cyclone

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi says that Tropical Cyclone Zena has lost its strength and is no longer a Tropical Cyclone (now Ex-TC Zena). The Nadi Weather office said a trough lies to the far north of Fiji over Wallis and Futuna and South of Samoa. Forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 8, 2016 11:15 am

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi says that Tropical Cyclone Zena has lost its strength and is no longer a Tropical Cyclone (now Ex-TC Zena).

The Nadi Weather office said a trough lies to the far north of Fiji over Wallis and Futuna and South of Samoa.

Forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group:

  • Cloudy periods with few showers about the interior and southern parts of larger islands. Elsewhere mainly fine .
  • Moderate south to south-east winds, fresh at times.
  • Moderate to rough seas.

Outlook for Saturday  is brief showers about the interior and eastern parts of the larger islands. Fine elsewhere.

TC Zena has been upgraded to a Category 3 Severe Tropical Cyclone and moving even closer to Viti Levu.

An update from the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (Nadi Weather Office) issued after noon today, places TC Zena’s last location at near 17.5 South 172.4 East.

Fiji Meteorological Service Acting Director, Mr. Misaele Funaki confirmed this to Newswire.

Tropical Cyclone Zena is now a category three system, the track of the cyclone, the same track we have have been broadcasting still remains the same now the tropical cyclone will moving South-East way.

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TC Zena is moving East-South-East at 22 Knots and we can expect winds of up to 65 knots close to the centre.

In a Category 3 system, some roof and structural damage can be experienced and power failures likely.

The strongest winds in a Category 3 system are very destructive with typical gusts over open flat land of 165 – 224 km per hour.

The forecast is unchanged as the cyclone is expected to pass south of Viti Levu and over Kadavu early Thursday morning as it moves east-southeast at around 35 kph.

The weather office forecasts TC Zena’s next position at near 19.0S 176.8E after 6pm tonight.

The next TC Threat Track Map will be issued at 6pm tonight.

A Tropical Cyclone warning is in force for the whole of Fiji.

There is a flood warning for Rewa River, Rakiraki Town, Wailotua, Ba River, Sigatoka River, Nadi River, Nadi Town, Wainimala River, Mulomulo and the Semo River.

A heavy rain and a strong wind warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji.

Fiji Meteorological Service Acting Director, Mr. Misaele Funaki told Newswire that the heavy rain and flooding is being caused by Tropical Disturbance 14F affecting Fiji.

The Tropical Disturbance, this is tropical disturbance 14F you know this one we have spoken about the last couple days. This one came over Nadi and it brought with it share of rain, that led to flooding yet again causing of the rivers to cause flooding. Why of the roads were closed was because of the rain brought by this Tropical Disturbance.

Fiji Meteorological Service Acting Director, Mr. Misaele Funaki during a media briefing. (Fijian Government)
Fiji Meteorological Service Acting Director, Mr. Misaele Funaki during a media briefing. (Fijian Government)

Mr. Funaki said the third system is approaching Fiji and has been called Tropical Cyclone Zena.

There is another Tropical Cyclone that is approaching us, this was Depression 16F as of 6am this morning it was 740km East-West of Nadi. Moving in South-East and approaching the group, it is a very fast moving system, it is expected to pick up from the West this afternoon.

Mr. Funaki said a Category 2 cyclone can cause minor house damage, significant damage to signs and trees, and damages to crops.

A Category 2 cyclone’s strongest winds are destructive winds with typical gusts over open flat land of 125 to 164 kilometres per hour.

Mr. Funaki said the TC Zena is expected to be located 640 kilometres west of Nadi at midday today.

There is already gale wind warning for the Yasawa and the Mamanuca group, whole of Viti Levu and its nearby small islands. This will likely to spread all over Fiji especially in the Lomaiviti and the Lau group.  The cyclone is a Category 2 system with 15 knots close to the centre that is 195km/per hour.

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At 3am this morning, Tropical Cyclone Zena was analysed at 16.1S 169.2E or about 900 km West-northwest of Nadi. It is moving towards the south-east at about 30km/hr. Close to its centre, the cyclone is expected to have average winds of 85km/hr with momentary gusts to 120km/hr.

On this track, the cyclone is expected to be located about 430km west of Nadi at 3pm today and about 150km south-southeast of Nadi at 3am tomorrow.

For the Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Viti Levu, Kadavu and the nearby smaller Islands:
Strong winds with average speeds of 60km/hr and momentary gusts to 85km/hr. Winds increasing further to damaging gale force with average speeds of 85km/hr and momentary gusts to 120km/hr from this evening. Rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Flooding including seas of low-lying coastal areas expected.

For Lau and Lomaiviti group:
Strong winds with average speeds of 60km/hr and gusts to 85km/hr. Winds may increase further to damaging gale force with average speeds 85km/hr and momentary gusts to 120km/hr from tomorrow morning. Rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Flooding including seas of low-lying coastal areas expected.

For the rest of Fiji:
Strong winds with average speeds of 60km/hr and gusts to 85km/hr. Rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Flooding including seas of low-lying coastal areas expected.

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