One to two tropical cyclones are anticipated to affect Fiji in the 2019-2020 cyclone season, of which one may reach category 3 or stronger intensity.
The Nadi Weather Office says all communities should remain alert and prepared throughout the 2019-2020 cyclone season and take heed of tropical cyclone alerts, warnings and advisories seriously whenever it is issued to reduce the risk on life, livelihoods and property.
The official cyclone season extends between 1st of November 2019 and 30th April 2020.
The peak period for cyclone is usually from January to March.
When tropical cyclones move over or pass close to the Fiji group, the risks that are likely during such event are damaging winds, heavy rain which leads to flooding and landslides and storm surge that can result in sea flooding of low‐lying coastal areas.
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Historical records show that tropical cyclones have occasionally formed in our region outside the official cyclone season, including May, June, July, September and October. Therefore, it is critically important that all communities are prepared and remain vigilant at all times.