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More rain expected, heavy rain warning in force

19:13 Sun Jan 14, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ritika Pratap

An active trough of low pressure lies slow moving and associated cloud and rain affects the country.

It is expected to continue affecting the country until later Tuesday.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms over most places.

With more rain forecast, the chance of flooding of low lying areas in all catchments have increased and the following warnings are now in force:

1. A “Flood Warning” is now in force for the low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to Vatukacevaceva downstream to Rakiraki Town;

2. A “A Flood Warning” is now in force for low lying areas, small streams and areas downstream of Toge to Ba Town; and

3. A “Heavy Rain Warning” is now in force whole of Fiji.

In the past 24 to 36 hours, most parts of the country have received in excess of 50mm of rainfall and more rainfall is forecast.

With northerly winds over the country, the interior and the upper catchments are likely to continue receiving rainfall that increases the chance of flooding in the lower catchments in the major rivers.

As the trough moves south-eastwards, heavy rain will be easing to showers and an improvement in weather is likely from the west later tomorrow; however the eastern and the northern parts of the country may see some improvement by later Tuesday.

Over the Waters, “A strong wind warning remains in force for the Yasawa and Mamanuca Waters”.

Dominant northerly winds 20 to 25 knots with rough seas and moderate easterly swells.

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