24th January 03:54 AM
Tropical Cyclone Mona continues to track towards Fiji moving East-Southeast at 18km/hr
By Lena Reece
Sunday 06/01/2019
TC Mona Threat Track Map as at 2:48pm 6 Jan 2019 [Photo: met.gov.fj]

Category one Tropical Cyclone Mona continues to track towards Fiji moving East-Southeast at about 18km/hr.

Nadi Weather Office Senior Forecaster Amit Singh says based on projections, the centre of Tropical Cyclone Mona is expected to track toward Vanua Levu.

He adds that there is a clearer projection that the centre of Cyclone Mona will pass more toward Udu Point later this evening.

Cyclone Mona was located at about 170km North-Northwest of Udu Point or about 100km North of Labasa at 1 o’clock this afternoon.

Singh says that as the system moves closer to the Fiji group there is a low chance for Cyclone Mona to pass close to Viti Levu.

Cyclone Mona has winds of about 85km/hr with momentary gusts of about 120km/hr close to the centre.

Singh says that gale winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Mona extends to about 150km from the centre.

People can expect damaging gale force winds several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.


TC Mona Forecast Track Map as at 2:37pm 6 Jan 2019 [Photo: met.gov.fj]

On the forecast track the centre is expected to be located about 50km East-Northeast of Taveuni or about 120km East of Labasa 1am tomorrow.

A gale warning remains in force for Yasawa group, Cikobia, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Qamea, Kioa, Laucala, Matagi, Lau and Lomaiviti groups and Kadavu.

A Tropical Cyclone Alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji.

A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Fiji.

A Heavy rain warning remains Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Eastern half of Viti Levu which includes, Korovou, Nausori, Suva to Pacific harbour and Kadavu and is cancelled for the Western part of Fiji.

A flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to major rivers of Fiji.

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