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Tropical Disturbance located about 725km West of Rotuma expected to intensify

Tropical Disturbance located about 725km West of Rotuma expected to intensify

By Vijay Narayan
Wednesday 15/01/2020
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 3 issued 1:11pm Wednesday 15 January 2020

The Tropical Disturbance which is located about 725 kilometres West of Rotuma, is expected to intensify and become a Tropical Depression by tomorrow morning and is expected to further intensify and become a Tropical Cyclone by tomorrow night as it continues to approach the Fiji Group.

A Tropical Cyclone Alert is in force for Rotuma and based on current assessments by the Nadi Weather Office, the system is expected to intensify into a cyclone and the centre is expected to pass over Vanua Levu by this Friday.

It is moving at a speed of about 19 kilometres per hour and continues to track Eastwards towards us.

It is expected to further intensify into a category 1 cyclone by tomorrow night.

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People are expected to experience strong winds and damaging winds from tomorrow.

Also expect continuous heavy rain, flash flooding and sea flooding.

Based on the current tropical cyclone forecast track, the tropical cyclone could make landfall over Vanua Levu on Friday, and people in Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa, Mamanuca, Lomaiviti and Northern Lau Group should start feeling the effects of the cyclone from tomorrow.

A heavy rain alert is already in force for Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa, Mamanuca, Lomaiviti and Northern Lau Group.

The associated active rainbands with the system are expected to start affecting Fiji from tonight.

The Weather Office says once named, it will be called Tropical Cyclone Tino.

Stay with us for developments. 

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