TC Ana likely to make landfall over the Ra Province this morning and cross the Central Division
Expect damaging winds before TC Ana passes overhead or nearby

TC Ana likely to make landfall over the Ra Province this morning and cross the Central Division

Expect damaging winds before TC Ana passes overhead or nearby

By Semi Turaga , Naveel Krishant
Sunday 31/01/2021
[Photo Credit: met.gov.fj/]

Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Ana is likely to make landfall over the Ra Province this morning and then continue to move southeastwards over Viti Levu and cross the Central Division today.

This is based on the current projection of the Nadi Weather Office.

The Nadi Weather Office says the whole of Fiji will experience damaging winds today.

Please note that you will experience damaging winds a few hours before and after the centre of Cyclone Ana passes overhead or nearby.

The eye of TC Ana is still located close to Yasawa while a Tropical Cyclone warning remains in force for Fiji.

TC Ana was located about 130 kilometres North of Nadi at 9 last night.

The Nadi Weather Office says people can expect winds of up to 85 kilometres per hour with momentary gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour.

The strong and damaging winds have the potential to destroy weak structures, disrupt electrical power distribution and communication services.

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It can also cause severe damage to crops and vegetation.

There is also a heavy rain warning for the whole of Fiji.

Prepare for more widespread heavy rain and flooding.

There is an increased risk of landslides, flash flooding of low lying areas and flooding of streams and rivers as the ground is already saturated.

If you live along with the coastal areas of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca, please note that Cyclone Ana can bring high waves of possibly more than 6 metres.

A flash flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas and small streams near major rivers of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

Areas included in the flash flood warning for Vanua Levu are Nabouwalu to Labasa, Nabouwalu to Kubulau, Dawara to Naibalebale Village along Wailevu West Coast Road, Naibalebale Village to Savusavu, Savusavu to Natewa and Tunuloa, Koroalau, Saqani to Labasa.

Areas included in the flash flood warning for Viti Levu are low lying areas from Sigatoka to Lautoka to Rakiraki – Semo in Nadroga, Nawaicoba, Nadi Back Road, Lomolomo and Barara flats, Navutu flats, Lovu, Saru Back Road, Vuda Back Road in Lautoka, Koronubu flat, Namosau, Veisaru, Varavu flats, Nailaga and other low lying areas in Ba, Nausori, Naqali, Lodoni and Korovou.

You can also contact Police on 917, the National Fire Authority on 910, Energy Fiji Limited on 913, Water Authority on 5777 and FRA on 5720.

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