24th January 03:25 AM
Tropical Cyclone Mona continues to track towards Fiji moving east-southeast at 16km/hr
By Lena Reece and Naveel Krishant
Sunday 06/01/2019
TC Mona Threat Track Map as at 9.03am 6th Jan 2019 [Photo: met.gov.fj]

Category one Tropical Cyclone Mona continues to track towards Fiji moving east-southeast at about 16km/hr.

Cyclone Mona was located at about 260km North-Northwest of Labasa or about 280km North-Northeast of Yasawa-i-rara at 7 o’clock this morning.

Nadi Weather Office Senior Forecaster Amit Singh says based on the projections the centre of Cyclone Mona is expected to pass between Labasa and Udu Point.

Singh says that the expected time for the centre to pass over Vanua Levu is later this afternoon adding that this may also be subject to change. 

He adds that based on the uncertainty of the track, some of the guidance is showing that Cyclone Mona could track further south and the center could pass further east of Viti Levu.

He says that there is a low chance for the centre to pass over Viti Levu.


TC Mona Forecast Track Map as at 8:56am 6 Jan 2019 [Photo: met.gov.fj]

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

Damaging gale force winds are likely to begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or nearby.

On the forecast track the centre is expected to be located about 230km East-Northeast of Yasawa-i-rara or about 100km North of Labasa at 7 tonight.

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 in force for the whole 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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