Fiji Meteorological Service issues tropical cyclone alert

Fiji Meteorological Service issues tropical cyclone alert

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23 March 2012
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A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT IS NOW IN FORCE FOR FIJI SEVERE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL MAJOR RIVERS, STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS OF VITI LEVU. A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR FIJI. Situation: Tropical cyclone daphne[995hpa] was located near 19.8S 172.7E or about 550 kilometres west-southwest of Nadi at 1pm today. Tropical cyclone Daphne is moving southeast at about 35 km/hr. Close to the centre the cyclone is estimated to have average wind speeds of 65 km/hr. For Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca group,Southern Lau group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands: Damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 65 km/hr and momentary gusts to 110 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. severe flooding of major rivers, streams and low lying areas including sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas. For the rest of Fiji: Strong northerly winds with average speeds 40 km/hr to 55km/hr and momentary gusts to 85 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Flooding of low-lying areas.

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