24th May 06:07 PM
TC Gita update: hurricane warning remains in force for Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa
By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 13/02/2018
Cyclone Gita Forecast track update as of 1.43PM today [met.gov.fj]‚Äč

A hurricane warning remains in force for Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa while storm and gale warnings are in force for the rest of Southern Lau Group, Matuku, Totoya, Moala, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lakeba and Nayau.

A strong wind warning is in force for the rest of Fiji including Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

The Nadi Weather Office says the centre Category 4 of Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita was located about 60 kilometers South-Southwest of Ono-i-Lau at 3.15pm.

Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to have average winds speeds up to 195km/hr with monetary gusts to 275km/hr.

Please note that destructive winds are likely to begin several hours before the cyclone passes overhead or nearby.

As Gita comes into our waters later today into tonight, expect destructive hurricane force winds, heavy rain and sea flooding in Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa.

Destructive winds, heavy rain and sea flooding is also expected for people living in Southern Lau, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

For the rest of Fiji, expect heavy rain and strong winds.

The Weather Office will continue to monitor the system as it comes closer and as new information comes to hand, the projected tracks will be adjusted.

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