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Tropical Cyclone Warning in force for us
Immediate concern is widespread flooding

Tropical Cyclone Warning in force for us

Immediate concern is widespread flooding

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/01/2021

A Tropical Cyclone Warning is now in force for Fiji.

Acting Director of the Nadi Weather Office, Terry Atalifo says people should prepare for damaging winds, flash flooding and sea flooding.

Flooding is the immediate concern as a flash flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas and small streams near major rivers in Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

If you are living near Labasa River, Qawa River - Vunivau stretch toward Vunika flat, Soasoa flat, Korotari flat in the North, and Nakauvadra River from Vatukacevaceva to Rakiraki Town, low lying areas along FSC Road, Tavua at Nasivi, low lying areas along with Ba FSC, low lying areas and areas adjacent to Navala River and Toge River, low lying areas and small streams for Keyasi River down to Sigatoka River and low lying areas and areas adjacent to Nadi Bridge โ€“ please take all the necessary precautions as your area can get flooded.

Expect damaging winds if you live in Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Yasawa Group.

A strong wind warning remains in force for Viti Levu, Mamanuca Group, Kadavu and Lomaiviti Group.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for Northern Viti Levu which is from Lautoka to Rakiraki, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Yasawa, Lau Group and is now in force for the rest of Fiji.

Tropical Depression 05F is located East of Vanuatu or about 780 kilometres West North West of Nadi. It is currently slow-moving and is expected to track East then South East towards Fiji in the next 24 to 48 hours.

TD05F has a very high potential to intensify into a cyclone in the next 24 hours to 48 hours.

The associated active trough of low pressure with active rainbands and strong to damaging winds will affect us.

Expect the weather to worsen later today and there are forecasts that the Tropical Depression could become a cyclone as early as this afternoon.

Stay with us as we will keep you informed.

Several roads closed due to flooding

By Semi Turaga
Friday 29/01/2021
A part of Nadi Back Road flooded. [Image: Vuniani Saki]

Several roads around the country are closed due to flash flooding.

Korovou Flats between Tavua Town and Nadarivatu Road junction is closed due to flooding.

The bridge at Nayavu in Wainibuka along Kings Highway is flooded.

A part of Nadi Back Road before the service station is also flooded.

Queens Highway at Navutu in Lautoka is also flooded.

Residential roads along Luvu in Lautoka are also flooded.

In the North, Nabouwalu Road from Labasa Town to Nabouwalu Jetty is clear and accessible.

This has been confirmed by the Fiji Roads Authority.

Nadi starting to experience heavy rain and flood this morning

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 29/01/2021

Nadi Bus Stand is starting to get flooded while the water-level at the Nadi River has reached the same level as the bridge.

All other crossings in the Nadi area are currently closed off to traffic and pedestrians due to flooding.

People are advised to move to higher ground if the area they are living in are prone to flooding.


Flooding in Rakiraki and Tavua Town

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 29/01/2021
[image: supplied]

Parts of Rakiraki and Tavua Town are still flooded this morning.

Police are closing monitoring the situation in these two areas.

The Rakiraki Police Station says the town has been flooded since yesterday afternoon.

Naqoro Road is closed due to flooding.

The Tavua Police Station says they closed Yaqara Road as there is flooding up to Shop and Save Supermarket.

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