Storm Threat Eyed

Two dis­tur­bances to our West, one could de­velop into cy­clone; flash flood­ing in Raki­raki, Ba ar­eas

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - LITIA CAVA

There is a pos­si­bil­ity that one of two trop­i­cal dis­tur­bances TD14F and TD15F could de­velop into a Trop­i­cal Cy­clone by to­mor­row, the Nadi weather of­fice has forecast.

Fiji Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice act­ing di­rec­tor, Misaele Fu­naki, last night said: “TD14F is close to Van­u­atu and TD15F is a bit more East.

“It lies be­tween Fiji and Van­u­atu and even though their move­ment is slow, we will ex­pect them to move to­wards the South-East di­rec­tion.” Which means they would not come closer to Fiji.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fiji Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice web­site’s trop­i­cal cy­clone outlook the po­ten­tial for TD14F to de­velop into a trop­i­cal cy­clone is LOW and the po­ten­tial for TD15F is MOD­ER­ATE. A heavy rain alert has been is­sued for Viti Levu, Ya­sawa and the Ma­manuca groups, and nearby smaller is­lands. The sys­tems were still a long away but Mr Fu­naki said the rain bands have spread across Fiji.

The spe­cial weather bulletin is­sued at 10pm stated that heavy rain re­mains in force for the whole Fiji group. A flood warn­ing was is­sued also for ar­eas ad­ja­cent to Raki­raki Town, Wailo­tua and Toge sta­tions. An of­fi­cial from the Raki­raki Town Coun­cil told Fiji Sun last night that the Raki­raki River had burst its banks and parts of the town were flooded. The of­fi­cial could not con­firm how bad the situation was.

Sim­i­larly, an of­fi­cial from the Ba Town Coun­cil said there was flash flood­ing in Veis­aru and Koronubu. An ac­tive trough of low pres­sure lies slow mov­ing over the coun­try with as­so­ci­ated cloud, rain and thun­der­storms that may last un­til Wed­nes­day.

This may lead to flood­ing of all small streams, creeks and low-ly­ing ar­eas close to ma­jor rivers all over the coun­try as well. This is likely to last un­til Wed­nes­day. A strong wind warn­ing

also re­mains in force for the Ya­sawa and Ma­manuca groups, West­ern half of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller is­lands. The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fice (NDMO) is call­ing on the pub­lic to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures as the two trop­i­cal dis­tur­bances have be­gun to af­fect the Fiji Group. Di­rec­tor Aka­pusi Tuifa­galele said the pub­lic must stay away from flooded water­ways and ar­eas, and to se­cure their dwellings.

The pub­lic are ad­vised to lis­ten to weather bul­letins and ad­here to ad­vi­sories and warn­ings from rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties. Par­ents are ad­vised to keep their chil­dren away from flooded ar­eas and to mon­i­tor their where­abouts at all times. Mo­torists are also ad­vised not to cross flooded roads.

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