By NETANI RIKA
FIJI’s north and west has been warned to brace for flooding over the next three days as a tropical disturbance emerges from the farnorthwest of the group.A flood alert has been issue for low-lying areas in the Western and Northern Divisions along rivers and streams.Water levels at monitoring stations near the towns of Labasa andRakiraki are reported to be rising,Meanwhile the tropical disturbance identified as TD13F could develop in a tropical depression over the next 24 hours and then intensify into acyclone.The National Weather Forecasting Centre at Nadi International Airport will continue to monitor the system as well as a trough of low pressurewhich exists over Fiji.Northern areas of Fiji have been warned to expect heavy rain, squally thunderstorms and possible flash flooding in the next 12-24 hours. Therest of the country can expect heavy rain.Residents have been advised to take precautions well ahead of the advancing trough of low pressure and the tropical disturbance.This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.
FLOOD ALERTA FLOOD ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREASADJACENT TO THE REST OF THE MAJOR RIVERS OF VANUALEVU, TAVEUNI AND THEWESTERN DIVISION.LEVEL AT VATUKACEVACEVA STATION WAS 1.00M AT 9.00AM WHICH IS AT ALERT LEVELAND INCREASING.LEVEL AT DREKETILAILAI WAS 1.84M AT 9.00AM WHICH IS 0.2M BELOW WARNINGLEVEL AND INCREASING.LEVEL AT QAWA BRIDGE WAS 2.26M AT 9.00AM WHICH IS 1.09M BELOW ALERT LEVELAND INCREASING.Tropical Cyclone SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER EIGHTYTHREE FOR FIJI ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM THE NATIONALWEATHER FORECASTING CENTRE, NADI AT 9:30 AM ON FRIDAY 6THAPRIL 2018.
A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR WESTERNDIVISION, YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNIAND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LOMAIVITI AND NORTHERN LAUGROUP.A HEAVY RAIN ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.SITUATION:AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WITH ASSOCIATED CLOUDAND RAIN REMAINS SLOW MOVING OVER FIJI.MEANWHILE, TROPICAL DISTURBANCE TD13F [1002HPA] WASANALYSED TO THE FAR NORTHWEST OF FIJI AT 9 AM TODAY. IT ISEXPECTED TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY SATURDAYAND POSSIBLY INTENSIFY FURTHER INTO A TROPICAL CYCLONE AS ITMOVES TOWARDS FIJI AND BRING ABOUT STRONG TO DAMAGINGGALE FORCE WINDS WITH HEAVY RAIN OVER THE GROUP.FORECAST FOR YASAWA GROUP, VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBYSMALLER ISLANDS AND NORTHERN LAU GROUP:PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS.LOCALISED HEAVY FALLS MAY LEAD TO FLOODING.FOR MAMANUCA GROUP, WESTERN DIVISION AND LOMAIVITI GROUP:PERIODS OF RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW SQUALLYTHUNDERSTORMS. RAIN BECOMING FREQUENTLY HEAVY WITHSQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS FROM LATER TODAY.LOCALISED HEAVY FALLS MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.FOR REST OF FIJI:OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. SHOWERSINCREASING TO RAIN AND BECOMING FREQUENT AND HEAVY FROMLATER TODAY.LOCALISED HEAVY FALLS MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.FLOOD ALERTS REMAINS IN FORCE FOR PARTS OF FIJI. FOR MOREINFORMATION REFER TO http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/20016.txt