TD04F Media Release 8: Update on current weather and TD04F - Weather improves as TD04F moves away

Report
from Government of Fiji
Published on 18 Dec 2016 View Original

11am Sunday 18th December 2016

The Tropical Depression (TD04F) lies to the far west of Fiji and it was located near 16.6 degrees South latitude and 174.6 degrees East longitude or about 330km West-northwest of Nadi at 10am this morning. It remains slow moving and expected to gradually move southwest further away from Fiji.

On the projected path, the centre of the system is expected to remain over open waters and no longer poses direct threat to Fiji. However, the associated cloud and rain affects the country.

The concern remains for strong and gusty wind for whole of Fiji land and waters, heavy rain and associated flooding in the Central and Northern Divisions.

As of 10am this morning, the following alerts and warnings are in place:

 A “Strong Wind” warning remains in force for all land areas and waters of Fiji;
 A “Heavy Rain” warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Lau and Lomaiviti Group;
 A “Flood Warning” remains in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to:
 Wailotua and Nayavu station and areas downstream of Wainibuka River;
 downstream of Rakiraki Town;
 Downstream of Navolau station;
 Nabukaluka station and downstream Nabukaluka River;
 Downstream of Waimanu station; and
 A “Flood Alert” remains in force for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to:
 Rewa Bridge and downstream of Nausori Town;
 Keiyasi and downstream of Sigatoka River; and
 Downstream of Dawala of Labasa River.

As the weather improves today, majority of alerts and warnings are expected to be cancelled within 24 hours. However, public are advised to remain on alert and be cautious as localised heavy rain are expected from time to time which may cause localised flooding.

Rains have eased and weather has improved in the Western Division. Other parts of Fiji will also see a significant improvement in weather coming through today. For areas under heavy rain warning, expect periods of rain, heavy at times with rain easing to showers from today. The rest of Fiji can anticipate occasional showers with isolated thunderstorms and localised heavy falls.