17 Oct 2015

More bad weather in Fiji as depression nears

8:34 am on 17 October 2015

The Fiji met service is urging the public to adhere to the weather updates as a tropical depression slowly affects the eastern part of the country.

Forecasters in Fiji say the tropical depression to the northeast of Rotuma has a moderate to high probability of developing into a tropical cyclone this weekend.

Principal forecaster scientific officer Misaeli Funaki says the weather office has been and continues to monitor the depression moving towards Rotuma.

Mr Funaki says people can expect more rain and strong winds associated with the depression.

He says a strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of the Eastern Vanua Levu, Lau and Yasawa Group.

Mr Funaki added that they have been receiving calls from people in Rakiraki regarding heavy rain that they have been experiencing since Thursday night.

He says a heavy rain alert is now also in force for Eastern Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Lau, Lomaiviti and the Yasawa group.

Officials say people in Rakiraki should take precautionary measures due to the heavy rain.

Misaeli Funaki during media briefing at Nadi Weather Office.

Misaeli Funaki during media briefing at Nadi Weather Office. Photo: Supplied