Cyclone Josie brings rain and strong winds to Fiji and Tonga

The latest weather simulation map showing TC Josie.

RAYONG, Thailand – April 1, 2018: 9.15am (Nuku’alofa Times/Fiji Times): Flooding is the order of the day in Fiji and Tonga this weekend.

Heavy rain in Nuku’alofa yesterday saw flooding in most areas.

In Fiji the towns in the Western Division were flooded, including Nadi, Ba and Lautoka.

The Nadi Weather Office said tropical cyclone Josie was located 120km west of Kadavu and 130km south south west of Nadi at 6am today.

TC Josie, formerly TD12F was upgraded to a category 1 Tropical Cyclone overnight.

According to the Special Weather Bulletin number 8 issued on TC Josie at 7.11am today, the cyclone is moving in a east-southeast direction at 25km/hr.

Near its eye, TC Josie has average winds of up to 75km/per hour with momentary gusts of up to 100km per hour.

Yasawa, Mamanuca, Viti Levu, Kadavu and the islands of Lau and Lomaiviti must adhere to a gale warning.

However the Fiji Met Office has applied a strong wind warning for the rest of the country.

The heavy rain warning previously in force for the entire country is still in force.

Stay tuned for more updates on TC Josie.

For Tonga people have been warned of heavy rain and flooding.

People have been asked to follow weather updates.

Here’s the latest advise from the Tonga Weather Forecasting Station in Fua’amotu at 1pm (Tonga Time) today:

WARNINGS
A HEAVY RAIN WARNING AND FLASH FOOD ADVISORY REMAIN INFORCE FOR  HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA.
SITUATION
 A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE LIES SLOW MOVING OVER VAVA’U, HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA. ASSOCIATED CLOUDS WITH  RAIN MAY AFFECTS PARTS  OF THE GROUP.
FORECAST TO MIDNIGHT TOMORROW FOR TONGA
FOR THE NIUAS AND VAVA’U:
LIGHT TO MODERATE NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS,FRESH AT TIMES ABOUT VAVA’U.
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS.FOR  HA’APAI:
LIGHT TO MODERATE NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS,FRESH AT TIMES
CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS,POSSIBLE HEAVY FALLS WITH THUNDERSTORMS.

FOR TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA:
LIGHT TO MODERATE EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS FRESH AT TIMES.
OVERCAST WITH FREQUENT RAIN HEAVY AT TIMES WITH  POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

OUTLOOK FOR TUESDAY
  FOR THE NIUAS:
LIGHT TO MODERATE NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS FRESH AT TIMES.
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS.FOR VAVA’U,
MODERATE TO FRESH NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS STRONG AT TIMES.
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASSIONAL SHOWERS POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

FOR HA’APAI,TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA:
FRESH TO STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTY AT TIMES.
CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS

TEMPERATURE FORECAST FOR NUKU’ALOFA
MAXIMUM FOR TODAY         :                27C
MINIMUM FOR TONIGHT     :                21C
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MARINE WEATHER BULLETIN
WARNINGS
A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR TELEKITONGA,TELEKITOKELAU,VAVA’U, HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA COASTAL WATERS.
FORECAST TO MIDNIGHT TOMORROW FOR ALL TONGA COASTAL WATERS
   FOR THE NIUAS COASTAL WATERS:
NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 10-15 KNOTS ,VARIABLE AT TIMES UP TO 10 KNOTS.
SLIGHT SEAS.FOR VAVA’U AND HA’APAI COASTAL WATERS:
NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS .
MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS. A MODERATE SOUTHEAST SWELL.
POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS.

FOR TONGATAPU ,’EUA,TELE-KI-TONGA AND TELE-KI-TOKELAU COASTAL WATERS:
EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS RISING UP TO 30 KNOTS AT TIMES.
ROUGH SEAS. A MODERATE SOUTHEAST SWELL.
POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS.

OUTLOOK FOR TUESDAY
  FOR THE NIUAS COASTAL WATERS:
NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 10-15 KNOTS RISING UP TO 20 KNOTS.
MODERATE SEAS.
FOR VAVA’U COASTAL WATERS:
NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20-25 KNOTS RISING UP TO 30 KNOTS AT TIMES.
ROUGH SEAS. A MODERATE SOUTHEAST SWELL.
POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS.

FOR HA’APAI,TONGATAPU, ‘EUA TELE-KI-TONGA AND TELE-KI-TOKELAU COASTAL WATERS:
NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 25-30 KNOTS RISING UP TO 35-40 KNOTS AT TIMES ESPECIALLY ABOUT SOUTHERN AND WESTERN WATERS.VERY ROUGH SEAS. A MODERATE SOUTHEAST SWELL.
POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS.


TIDE PREDICTION
LOW TIDE        :            02:20PM
HIGH TIDE        :            08:30PM
SUN AND MOON
SUNSET             :            06:41PM
MOONRISE      :            07:20PM
THE MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE RECORDED AT FUA’AMOTU AIRPORT AT 01:00PM WAS 1012.6 MILLIBARS AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WAS 89%.
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FCD:             GV/=                                         CRS:         ST/=


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