Heavy rain warning

By: Halitesh Datt

 

UlahThe Nadi Weather office has issued a heavy rain warning for the Eastern and Northern parts of Viti Levu, Lomaiviti and Kadavu.

The heavy rain is a result of intensification of Tropical Cyclone Ula and tropical depression T-D 07 F.

Although Tropical Cyclone Ula will not have a direct impact and tropical depression slowly moving away, the country will continue to receive heavy rain for the next few days.

Tropical Cyclone Ula further intensified over the last 24 hours into a category 3 cyclone.

On its current projected path, the cyclone is excepted to be located at 60 kilometers east of Lakeba Island by Sunday Morning.

“We expect TC Ula to cross through the southern Lau group. When it enters the Lau waters, it will be a category 2 system. With category 2 system, we expect strong to gale force winds in the Lau group.”  said Ravind Kumar- Director Meteorology

Tropical Depression TD 7 F has also brought heavy rain to Northern Vanua Levu.

The depression however is drifting more southwards or away from the country.

“We expect this weather to continue in next 24 to 48 hours with squarely thunderstorms. Heavy rain has also come overnight.” said Kumar

Flood warnings have been in place for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Wailotua and Nayavu Stations and downstream of Wainibuka River.

Low lying areas in Rakiraki have also been issued with flood warnings.

“It is advisable to the members of the public to take heed of the weather alert and be prepared at all times. The weather is upon us, and experiencing heavy rain , people are advised to move to the higher grounds if they are staying at low lying areas.” said Kumar

A strong wind warning is also in place for Eastern Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Lau and Lomaiviti Group.

 

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