Not Over, Yet

More rain ex­pected un­til to­mor­row; chances of trop­i­cal dis­tur­bances 14F and 15F form­ing into trop­i­cal cy­clones are mod­er­ate to high

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Ex­pect more heavy rains and strong winds till to­mor­row. As Trop­i­cal Dis­tur­bance 14F has a mod­er­ate to high chance of de­vel­op­ing into a Trop­i­cal Cy­clone; a third dis­tur­bance was mon­i­tored near the south of Solomon Is­lands as of 3pm yes­ter­day.

Fiji Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice act­ing di­rec­tor, Misaele Fu­naki said TD 14F was ap­prox­i­mately 800 km West-North­west off Viwa Is­land in Tailevu as of 3pm yes­ter­day. “This sys­tem, though cur­rently slow mov­ing is ex­pected to move south­east­wards and will pass to the West of Fiji; none­the­less, it will cause the ac­tive trough cur- rent slow mov­ing over Fiji to linger on till later on Wed­nes­day,” he said. “This sys­tem has a mod­er­ate to high chance of de­vel­op­ing into a Trop­i­cal Cy­clone but is ex­pected to pass to the West of Fiji.” Mr Fu­naki said Trop­i­cal Dis­tur­bance 15F was ap­prox­i­mately 100 km south of Ka­davu as of 3pm yes­ter­day and is mov­ing south east. “Trop­i­cal Dis­tur­bance 15F is not ex­pected to de­velop as it is cur­rently mov­ing into an area of un­fa­vor­able con­di­tions,” he said. Mr Fu­naki said the cur­rent weather con­di­tions were ex­pected to get some breaks now and then but it would con­tinue as the ac­tive trough which would cause heavy rain­fall would re­main slow mov- ing over Fiji to late on Wed­nes­day.

“Though these strong winds are not ex­pected to be con­tin­u­ously strong, it will be ex­pe­ri­enced when the ac­tive rain bands ap­proach Fiji from the west.” “Strong North to North­west winds with av­er­age of 20 to 30 knots and mo­men­tary gusts of 40 knots; winds will turn west­erly from to­mor­row,” he said.

Mean­while, Police spokesper­son In­spec­tor Jo­saia We­icavu said the Police did not want any­one to be in­cluded in the next sta­tis­tics of drown­ing and fa­tal ac­ci­dents. In­spec­tor We­icavu made these com­ments af­ter is­su­ing a stern warn­ing to par­ents to be vig­i­lant of their chil­dren’s where­abouts dur­ing this ad­verse weather con- di­tions. This warn­ing came af­ter chil­dren were seen swim­ming in flooded wa­ters in Nadi and var­i­ous ar­eas along the Suva-Nau­sori Cor­ri­dor. In­spec­tor Jo­saia We­icavu ad­vised chil­dren to stay in­doors and to re­frain from roam­ing around aim­lessly. In­spec­tor We­icavu also ad­vised driv­ers to be vig­i­lant on our roads.

Police will also be pa­trolling the streets, he added.

Photo: DEPTFO News

RIGHT: The Nadi River burst its banks at around 9am yes­ter­day. Flooded ar­eas in the the coun­try’s tourist cap­i­tal in­cluded the Nadi Back Road, Koro­ciri, Waqadra, Sa­beto, Mart­in­tar, lower Na­maka ar­eas and parts of Vo­tualevu. More on pages 3,4.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

AND THE WA­TERS CAME... Flood wa­ters at Nadi Town were knee-deep

by mid­day.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Nadi River yes­ter­day.

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